Samorn at Monarto Zoological Park

† Samorn
ID Number:   ASMP Number: 33 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female 44 years
Status:foot problems
Dead date: 1994-10-10
Death reason: accident: fell in the moat and died
Location:Monarto Zoological Park
ArrivedMonarto Zoological Park 1991-11-17
from Adelaide Zoo
Adelaide Zoo 1956-11-30
from Dusit Zoo (Khao Din)
Born:1950 wild
Document updated2012-03-14: death date
2013-06-02: book
Her skeleton is on display at the University of Adelaide Medical School

Over Frome Road, the University of Adelaide Medical School also turns it on for visitors. The Anatomical Sciences Resource Centre is usually only open by appointment, but Open Day, August 1, gives Adelaidians a chance to see Samorn the Elephant again. Donated to Adelaide Zoo (just a few hundred metres away) in 1956, the elephant was legendary till her death at Monarto in 1994.

Researchers spent six months assembling her huge skeleton for comparative anatomy. They discovered severe honeycomb deterioration of one toe bone. Samorn had endured a very sore foot.

Victoria Raine published a book about Samorn in 1986, called Elephant in our Zoo. The “autobiography” is a collection of short stories about Samorn who arrived in 1956. It’s educational, historical, honest and humorous.

Sources, among others

  • Murray Guy, Records Officer, Adelaide Zoo.
  • Jude Price
  • Australasian Region Asian Elephant Studbook (2004) compiled by David Pepper-Edwards, Australia

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