Sambo, elephant who became Cambodian symbol, dies at 63

Sambo, the elephant who for decades became a symbol of Phnom Penh and the tragic history of Cambodia, died Thursday night in a sanctuary in the northeast of the country, the organization that cared for her reported. She was 63.


“Today we have some very sad news to share. Our beautiful sweet Sambo has passed away during the night. After a long battle with a tooth infection, her health deteriorated over the last month,” the Elephant Valley Project organization posted on Facebook.

Since her owner settled with her in Phnom Penh in the early 1980s, the elephant became a symbol of the Cambodian capital, where her figure around the Wat Phnom temple became part of the urban landscape.

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