Donna an African Bush elephant (Loxodonta africana) at Disneys Animal Kingdom

ID Number:   SSP Number: 469 - 
Species: African Bush elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 36 years old
Management:Protected contact
Location:Disneys Animal Kingdom
ArrivalDisneys Animal Kingdom 2003-11-24
from Albuquerque Biological Park
Albuquerque Biological Park 1998-12-00
from King Royal Circus (Gopher Davenport)
King Royal Circus (Gopher Davenport) 1995-00-00
from Great American Circus
Born:* 1984 wild
Capture: 1986,
Offspring and year of birth:
  1. (F) 2005-12-19 Nidirah (Nadirah), SSP nr: 546
  2. (F) 2010-05-20 Luna, SSP nr: 571
  3. (F) 2017-01-00 Stella, SSP nr: 00
Document updated2009-03-20: Previous locations, Birth, SSP, Management, Text
2010-04-29: Pregnant by AI
2010-05-22: Pregnancy over
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.

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Koehl, D., (2020). Donna, an African Bush elephant (Loxodonta africana) at Disneys Animal Kingdom in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 28 September 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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