Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sambo at Phnom Tamao Zoo and Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC)

 ☨ ♂ Sambo  



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 50 years old

People killed:4
Born:* 1961 unknown
Birth place:
Dead: 2011-02-16
Death reason: anesthesia: After the last sedation he did not recover
Present / last location:Phnom Tamao Zoo and Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC), in Cambodia

Date of Arrival
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2010-12-25Phnom Tamao Zoo and Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC)
from Elephant Valley Project Cambodia
Elephant Valley Project Cambodia
from Se Phoeun

Document updated2011-01-21: mankiller

2011-02-17: Previous locations, Text, Birth, Death RE

2011-02-18: probable cause of death.

2011-03-14: prev location
2018-09-10: link to EleWiki submitted
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† Sambo is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died at Phnom Tamao Zoo and Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC), in Cambodia, from anesthesia 2011-02-16. Official death reason described as After the last sedation he did not recover. (see detailed list).


Sambo was born unknown 1961.

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Sambo came into conflict with people in Cambodia’s Kompong Speu province, and killed 4 persons. After this, he was sedated and shipped to Phnom Tamao Zoo.

Sambo died just a couple of days after visit to Phnom Tamao in February. During the visit he was troubled by musth, but visually did not show major signs of distress due to his wounds, no touching with the trunk or blowing of air or sand. In spite of being hobbled, he moved around in the enclosure, and was drinking and eating.

After death, he was reported to have undergone some 3 or 4 sedations with Xylazine. After the last sedation he did not recover?

On visit in February, Sambo was still in musth.

Wounds on the head and back followed a horizontal line, some centimeter down from the spina. On the right shoulder was a square shaped wound. Sambo had no wounds on the oppposite right side, and no wounds on the spina.

Closeup of the wound on right shoulder.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Sambo, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Phnom Tamao Zoo and Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC) in Cambodia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 27 July 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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