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I Am Sam, Sam I Am

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

5/29/2019, 10:38 a.m.

Samudra (left) and Samson had their first tusk-to-tusk encounter at the Oregon Zoo last week and keepers say the pair seem to be fast friends. The two males have been seeing, hearing and smelling each other since Samson arrived last year from a zoo in Albuquerque, N.M. “It’s great to be getting these two Sams together,” said Bob Lee, who oversees the zoo elephant program. “The timing is good because Samudra is maturing into an adult bull now, and he could benefit from the companionship of an older male.”


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