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Credit:Loro Parque

Kohana is a 16 year old female orca who was born at SeaWorld San Diego on May 3, 2002. Her mother is Takara and her father is Tilikum. Kohana was the 2nd orca calf to be born as a result of artificial insemination. While she was born at SeaWorld San Diego, her father lived at SeaWorld Orlando.

Kohana and Takara both moved to Orlando in 2004. Kohana found playmates in her half siblings Ikaika and Skyla. Kohana and Skyla moved to Loro Parque in 2006 and have lived there since.

Kohana gave birth to her first calf on October 13, 2010 and he was named Adán. He was the first Killer Whale born in Loro Parque and also the first to be born in Spain. Sadly, after birth Kohana showed no interest in her calf and he had to be raised by the trainers. He has now been introduced to Kohana and the other orcas but she plays no maternal role for him.




Birth Place-SeaWorld San Diego

Type of Birth-Tail First

Time of Birth-8:30 PM (PDT)

Length of Labor-2.5 Hours



Grand Parents



  • Sakari (2010)

Half Sisters

  • Nyar (1993)*, Unna (1996)*, Skyla (2004), Malia (2007), Kamea (2013), Kyara (2017)*

Half Brothers

  • Kyuquot (1991), Taku (1993)*, Sumar (1998)*, Tuar (1999), Tekoa (2000), Nakai (2001), Ikaika (2002), Trua (2005), Makaio (2010)


  • Nalani, Kyara*


  • Trua


  • Kalia


  • Keet, Keto, Nakai, Makani


  • Kalia, Halyn*, Adan, Victoria*, Amaya

Origin of Kohana

  • Japanese for "Little Flower"
  • Pronounced: koh HAH nah


  • 350 lbs (May 2002)
  • 4,600 lbs (2016)


  • 7 ft (May 2002)
  • 16.5 ft (2016)


  • 100% Icelandic

Kohana gave birth to her second calf, a female named Victoria, on August 3, 2012. Skyla was present for the birth to assist Kohana. After a 2 hour labor, the calf was born. Kohana spent a little bit of time with her calf but the trainers had to step in and raise her as they did with Adan. Victoria passed away on June 16, 2013.

After Kohana had Adan, she was separated from Keto for the next few months. Keto is very attached to Kohana and didn't take the separation well. Soon after the trainers allowed them to reunite Kohana became pregnant with Victoria.

Kohana is the dominant female at Loro Parque, but she doesn't know how to run a pod. She never learned how a dominant orca is supposed to take care of her pod or how to take care of a calf and assume the role of a matriarch.

Kohana is a very smart orca and knows many behaviors. She used to do waterworks until 2009 when they were stopped, though she has never shown any aggression to her trainers. She is a very interactive orca and will often play with visitors.

Meet Kohana

Meet Kohana

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