female Pacific walrus (O. r. divergens)

wild caught on July 15th, 1995

deceased on May 30th, 2019

Ancestors and Descendants

No known related animals.

Transfer History

  1. capture 1995-Jul-15 in wild

  2. transfer 1995-Jul-15 to G. Frans van den Brink

  3. transfer ≤ 1996-May to Parken Zoo

  4. transfer 1997-May-13 to Brookfield Zoo

  5. transfer 2000-Apr-26 to SeaWorld Orlando

  6. transfer 2001-Oct-24 to Brookfield Zoo

  7. transfer 2006-May-02 to Point Defiance Zoo

  8. death 2019-May-30 at Point Defiance Zoo

Physical Data

The dates listed here generally represent the time at which the measurements were published, not necessarily the date on which they were taken.


  • 2017-Sep-01: 1,828 lbs


  • 2018: 8 feet

Image Gallery

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  • #58 (Association of Zoos and Aquariums)

Notes and Information

The images found here have all been gathered either from this facility's official resources or news articles.

Joan's cause of death was "septic peritonitis secondary to foreign body ingestion" of "long drill bits".

The walruses from this import were born in 1995; I cannot be certain as to whether they were collected that year or the following year, although for this walrus the 2004 studbook lists a collection date of July 15th, 1995, as well as collection dates in 1995 for two others. I therefore cautiously make the assumption that this information is accurate, and that the entire herd of five were all collected in 1995.

This group of walruses arrived at the Parken Zoo "just over a week" prior to May 11th.

Two of the walruses from this import (Rossita and Rosseau) were purchased and owned by the Parken Zoo -- however, this individual, alongside Corky and Sam, were intended to be transferred to Tierpark Hagenbeck. For reasons unknown to me, Hagenbeck did not receive the walruses, and they instead arrived at the Brookfield Zoo in 1997.


  • 2018-Jan-08. Lisa Oland. AZA Regional Studbook.

  • 2005-Apr-25. Jodie Baker. 2004 North American Regional Walrus Studbook.