African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) at
Disneys Animal Kingdom in United States

♀ Donna


SSP nr469


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 40 years old
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1984 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1986
Total: 3 babies

1. Born 2005-12-19 Nadirah SSP id: 546

2. Born 2010-05-20 Luna SSP id: 571

3. Born 2017-01-00 Stella SSP id: 00
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Disneys Animal Kingdom, in United States

Date of arrival

2003-11-24Disneys Animal Kingdom
from Albuquerque Biological Park

1998-12-00Albuquerque Biological Park
from King Royal Circus (Gopher Davenport)

1995-00-00King Royal Circus (Gopher Davenport)
from Great American Circus

Record history
History of updates2024-01-14

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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Donna is a living Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) , located at the Disneys Animal Kingdom, in United States.

Donna arrived in 2003-11-24 to the Disneys Animal Kingdom, relocated from the Albuquerque Biological Park, in United States.


Donna lives together with 9 other elephants at the Disneys Animal Kingdom:

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. Corra born 2023-12-16
  2. Jabali born 2011-08-25
  3. Kianga born 2004-07-06
  4. Luna born 2010-05-20
  5. Maclean (Mac) born 1982
  6. Nadirah born 2005-12-19
  7. Stella born 2017-01-00
  8. Tsavo born 2008-06-28
  9. Vasha born 1985


  1. (F) 2005-12-19 Nadirah SSP id: 546
  2. (F) 2010-05-20 Luna SSP id: 571
  3. (F) 2017-01-00 Stella SSP id: 00


Donna was born wild 1984, captured 1986 .

Comments / pictures

2010: Pregnant by Artificial insemination.

Donna is on a permanent breeding loan to Disney from the Rio Grande Zoo. In 1997, one of Gopher Davenports three circus elephants, Heather, died of salmonella and heat stroke in the back of a transport trailer, while his other two elephants also tested positive for the disease. Donna and Irene were confiscated the next year by the City of Albuquerque in 1998 and given to the zoo. Subsequently, the King Royal Circus was fined by the USDA and their animal exhibit license revoked. Irene was later treated for Tuberculosis. In 2003, the decision was made to move Donna, the sole African elephant in the zoos six elephant group, to the Disney Animal Kingdoms elephant breeding program. At 21 years old, she gave birth to her first calf, Nadirah, a result of natural breeding with Jackson four months after her arrival. She was the fourth calf to be born at the park - three sired by Jackson and a stillbirth sired by Bulwagi.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Donna, African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) located at Disneys Animal Kingdom in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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