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Former Weed Park Zoo elephant passes away


We are very saddened to announce the death of Dolly, a female Asian elephant believed to be 52 years old. Dolly was the 10th oldest elephant in a North American zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and had exceeded the average life expectancy (46.9) for female Asian elephants in zoos. Dolly was humanely euthanized on Friday, September 2 after a severe decline in her health.

Dolly will be remembered as one of the “sweetest and most trusting” animals that was always “young at heart.” Thank you for your support during this difficult time at Denver Zoo. If you would like to share your condolences with staff, please leave them in the comments portion on the website.


Longtime Muscatine resident Kim Roberts remembers walking to the Muscatine swimming pool with her friends. “We would always have to stop by the zoo on our way to the pool to see the animals.  On the way back, we would buy ice cream. I would always eat my ice cream except the last bite, which I would always give to Dolly.”

Residents from all over the Muscatine area have been reminiscing of their time with Dolly and the other animals at the zoo.

The Weed Park Zoo closed in 1980.


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