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USDA finds no issues at Springfield zoo after zookeeper killed by elephant

2013-11-25 - Springfield, United States.

Federal inspectors have found no issues with the care of an elephant that killed a zookeeper last month in Springfield. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which regulates zoos under the Animal Welfare Act, released a report last week that found “no non-compliant items.”


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Zookeeper"s death: Elephant was in chute, acted differently since other elephant"s death

2013-10-17 - Springfield, United States.

The morning of the incident, Patience hesitated in the chute, and elephant manager John Phillip Bradford, 62, was coaxing her forward. Bradford leaned into the chute, reaching for her with a guide. The animal suddenly lunged forward, knocking Bradford down, into the chute. The animal then crushed Bradford against the floor, killing him instantly.


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 Elephant Collie Suffering from Kidney Disease: The Dickerson Park Zoo

Dickerson Park Zoo"s oldest elephant Connie, nicknamed Pinky, is battling kidney disease

2013-08-10 - Springfield, United States.

Dickerson Park Zoo announced today that its oldest elephant, Connie, is battling kidney disease. She is not expected to recover. The estimated 50-year-old elephant - nicknamed “Pinky” - was born in the wild and came to the zoo in November 1981 from the Zoological Gardens in Abilene, Texas. She has exceeded the average life expectancy for an elephant cow, which is about 47 years.


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Zoo staff saddened by death of Ol" C.C. the elephant

2010-08-04 - Springfield, United States.

The staff of Dickerson Park Zoo is deeply saddened by the death of “Ol’ C.C.,” the zoo’s oldest elephant. “C.C. held a special place in the hearts of everyone associated with the zoo and among the community,” says Mike Crocker, Zoo Superintendent. “This is a profound loss for our staff, especially her zookeepers who cared for her every day, and for the community as a whole.”


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Dickerson Park Zoo "cautiously optimistic" after aging elephant"s fall

2010-07-15 - Springfield, United States.

Dickerson Park Zoo´s oldest elephant is recovering from a serious spinal injury. Dr. Erica Wilson, a staff veterinarian at the zoo, said C.C. the elephant was injured earlier this month when she fell during an exercise walk. She has two fractured lumbar vertebrae and minor damage to her spinal cord. Wilson believes the elephant fell due to some disorientation caused by anti-tuberculocidal medicine the elephant was given, she said.


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Aging elephant has 2 broken vertebrae at Springfield MO zoo

2010-07-14 - Springfield, United States.

An ultrasound examination on one of Dickerson Park Zoo’s elephants provides new information about the animal’s condition. As the zoo has previously reported, zookeepers have seen signs of physical weakness and mobility problems in the zoo’s oldest elephant, Ol’ C.C. A local vascular surgeon helped Dr. Erica Wilson, the zoo’s staff veterinarian, visualize Ol’ C.C.’s spine and some internal organs. During the spinal examination, the doctors found two fractured lumbar vertebrae with m...


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Dickerson Park Zoo"s aging elephant is taken off meds for tests

2010-07-10 - Springfield, United States.

The oldest resident of Dickerson Park Zoo, an elephant called Ol´ C.C., has developed a weakness in her back legs for a reason not yet known. Since January, the 60-year-old pachyderm has been receiving medication for a mycobacterial infection, treatment that was expected to last about nine months, possibly less if she responded quickly.


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Treatment Discontinued for Weakening Elephant

2010-07-09 - Springfield, United States.

Earlier this week, Dickerson Park Zoo’s veterinarian and zookeeper staff discontinued medication treating one of the zoo’s elephants for a mycobacterial infection. The elephant being treated, Ol’ C.C., is in her early 60s. She is the zoo’s eldest elephant and the fifth oldest elephant living in zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. C.C. is among the 15 oldest living elephants listed in the Asian elephant studbook for North America.


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Sick Elephant being treated at Dickerson Park Zoo

2010-01-20 - Springfield, Missouri, United States. KSPR News

Here's the release from the zoo: Dickerson Park Zoo’s veterinarian and zookeeper staff have initiated an aggressive course of treatment to proactively help one of the elephants overcome a mycobacterial infection. The elephant, Ol’ C.C., is the zoo’s eldest elephant and the fifth oldest elephant living in AZA-accredited zoos. C.C. is among the 15 oldest living elephants listed in the Asian elephant studbook for North America. As a routine part of caring for the zoo’s elephants, the zoo’...


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Dickerson Park Zoo Receives Unexpected Gift

2008-01-18 - Springfield, United States. KSPR News

The Dickerson Park Zoo got off to a good start this year with a surprise. An anonymous donor gave the zoo $10,000 dollars for its elephant program. A local member of Friends of the Zoo gave the donation along with a letter recognizing the zoo’s staff and elephant program. Along with the donation the zoo was also happy to learn that the attendance from last year broke a record. It was the fourth year in a row it had more than 200,000 people.


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Nisha (right) and Moola at the Dickerson Park Zoo. Nisha died recently of an illness.

Death educates us about herpesvirus

2007-12-22 - Springfield, United States. Michael Crocker, superintendent of Dickerson Park Zoo

Our guests tell us elephants are their favorite animals at Dickerson Park Zoo. Elephants are magnificent, intelligent creatures that form strong bonds among the individuals in the herd and with their human caretakers. Following the death of our Asian elephant calf, 16-month-old Nisha, many of you conveyed your sympathies to our staff. You related how much you enjoyed watching Nisha grow, play and interact with the adults and how she was your child or grandchild's favorite. You recognized the obv...


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Dickerson Park Zoo Suspends Elephant Breeding

2007-12-06 - Springfield, United States.

Dickerson Park Zoo has suspended elephant breeding for the time being. This week a California group called “In Defense of Animals” called on the Springfield Zoo to stop breeding Asian elephants because of the frequency of the herpes virus. Herpes caused the death of Springfield’s 16 month old elephant calf, Nisha, a few days ago. Zoo Director Mike Crocker said the suspension has nothing to do with the criticism.

Instead, the zoo is without a reliable male breeding elephant.


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Elephant Calf Succumbs to Herpesvirus

2007-12-03 - SPRINGFIELD, United States. Melinda Arnold, Dickerson Park Zoo News Release

The 16-month-old elephant calf, Nisha, at Dickerson Park Zoo died in the early hours of Saturday morning from elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV). Animal care staff administered medications last night at 8 p.m. and remained with the elephants throughout the night. Nisha first showed signs of EEHV on Thursday afternoon when elephant keepers recognized initial symptoms: tongue discoloration and a lesion on the roof of Nisha's mouth.


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Elephant Care Controversy

2007-12-02 - Springfield, United States. Michelle Sherwood

Veterinarians at Springfield's Dickerson Park Zoo are studying the death of Nisha, she’s the 16-month old elephant that died yesterday morning at the zoo. Officials say she was treated for a herpes virus that usually kills elephants in just five days. Zoo officials say Nisha received aggressive treatment and good care, but now one California-based animal group called In Defense of Animals, is calling for the zoo to stop breeding. The group claims that the facility is contaminated.


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Nisha the elephant roams as zoo-goers celebrate her first birthday Saturday at Dickerson Park Zoo. As a present, the pachyderm received an oversized

Elephant celebrates Nishas 1st birthday at zoo. Party, crafts and other fun mark Dickerson Park"s first ZooFest

2007-07-22 - Springfield, United States. Dirk VanderHart

Dickerson Park Zoo held its first-ever ZooFest on Saturday. The centerpiece of the day was the birthday girl Nisha, who turned 1 on Wednesday. In spite of the festivities, the 1-year-old elephant just meandered near her mother like always, oblivious to the frequent "happy birthday" wishes of young children. Nisha might not have realized the party was in her honor, but she probably did notice a change in diet Saturday. In the elephant pen, the pachyderms roamed with trunks stained red, a memento ...


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Frozen in time: the woolly mammoth

2007-02-09 - Springfield, United States. STAN FREEMAN

Evolution can be a long, strange road. For that symbol of the ice age, the woolly mammoth, it was stranger than for most. It was part of an order of animals, Proboscidea, that began small - about the size of pigs - then grew large. Some woolly mammoths, in fact, stood as high as 13 feet at the shoulder. But in the end, these cold-loving mammoths grew small again, belying their name. Like dinosaurs, woolly mammoths are creatures of myth. Both are huge, extinct and fascinating to kids.


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Stalactites, stalagmites and columns fill the entrance of Riverbluff Cave in Springfield, Mo.

Missouri Ice Age cave reveals ancient secrets

2006-10-30 - SPRINGFIELD, Missouri, United States. MARCUS KABEL

Riverbluff Cave is slowly yielding its fossil treasures:Lead paleontologist Matt Forir said every discovery raises new questions. Mammoth bones and a juvenile tooth dated around 630,000 years ago came from one of two species and it will require more adult remains to tell which one it is. "We either have the oldest wooly mammoth in North America or the youngest Meridian mammoth.


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Elephant calf name in Dickerson Park Zoo announced. Nisha - meaning night - selected from more than 800 entries

2006-09-12 - Springfield, Missouri, United States. Press Release, Dickerson Park Zoo

Eight weeks after her birth, Dickerson Park Zoo's newest bundle of joy has a name. The 320-pound calf will be known as Nisha (pronounced NEESH-ah), an Indian word for “night,” a reference to her overnight birth (1:35 a.m.) on July 18. Nisha's birth was the first elephant calf born at Dickerson Park Zoo since Haji in 1999 and the sixth successful birth for the zoo's herd. She is the third calf born to 25-year-old Moola and the first offspring from Sabu, the zoo's 18-year-old bull.


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Baby elephant born overnight at Springfields Dickerson Park Zoo

2006-07-19 - Springfield, Missouri, United States.

A 238-pound female elephant calf was born in the early morning hours at Dickerson Park Zoo. The mother, 25-year-old Moola, sired by the 18-year-old bull Sabu, delivered the calf outdoors at the zoos new cow barn after a brief labor. This is the sixth successful elephant birth at Dickerson Park Zoo, and the first since 1999.


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Condition of elephant Haji suffering herpesvirus worsens

2002-07-16 - Springfield, Missouri, United States.

The health of an Asian elephant calf infected with a deadly herpesvirus appeared to worsen Tuesday as treatment with an experimental regiment of drugs continued.

Officials at Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield remained hopeful that the nearly 3-year-old elephant calf, named "Haji," would recover from endothelial inclusion body disease, a herpesvirus specific to elephants. It is generally fatal within five days, zoo spokeswoman Melinda Mancuso said.


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Dickerson Park Zoo Mourns Death of Bull Elephant Onyx (Big Mac)

2002-05-23 - Springfield, Missouri, United States. Gigi Allianic, Dickerson Park Zoo

The staff of Dickerson Park Zoo is mourning the death of the bull elephant, “Onyx,” who died Wednesday evening, May 22. Onyx is more familiarly know as “Big Mac” to everyone in southern Missouri. Preliminary necropsy results indicate mesenteric torsion with subsequent intestinal rupture as the cause of death.


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Elephant Abuse Investigation Confirmed

2001-09-05 - SPRINGFIELD, Missouri, United States. KOMO Staff & News Services

A southwest Missouri zoo is fighting federal allegations that workers abused a Seattle zoo's female elephant in its breeding program in 1998. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed Wednesday that it's has filed a complaint alleging Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield violated the Animal Welfare Act in its handling of the Asian elephant, named Chai. The incident allegedly occurred on Sept. 23, 1998, three days after Chai arrived from Woodland Park Zoo to participate in Springfield's nationall...


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Dickerson Park Zoo hosts first birth of artificially inseminated elephant

1999-11-30 - Springfield, Missouri, United States. AP

In an important milestone for an endangered species, an Asian elephant has given birth through artificial insemination. Weighing in at 378 pounds, Haji was born Sunday at Dickerson Park Zoo. It was the world's first birth through artificial insemination of an Asian elephant, which are estimated to number only35,000 worldwide.


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Manual collection and characterization of semen from Asian elephants (Elephas maximus).

1998-10-01 - Springfield, United States. Schmitt DL, Hildebrandt TB., Southwest Missouri State University

The implications of collecting semen from elephants for use in artificial insemination programs are profound in the context of propagating captive elephants. Using a manual manipulation technique, semen was collected and characterized from five adult Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) and ejaculate fluid was obtained from one castrated elephant bull. The penis was stimulated to protrusion and erection by rectal massage of the pelvic portion of the urethra. During an ejaculatory response, massage ...


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16 Headlines about Elephants from Springfield2013-11-25 - Springfield, United States - USDA finds no issues at Springfield zoo after zookeeper killed by elephant 2013-10-17 - Springfield, United States - Zookeeper"s death: Elephant was in chute, acted differently since other elephant"s death 2013-08-10 - Springfield, United States - Dickerson Park Zoo"s oldest elephant Connie, nicknamed Pinky, is battling kidney disease 2010-08-04 - Springfield, United States - Zoo staff saddened by death of Ol" C.C. the elephant 2010-07-15 - Springfield, United States - Dickerson Park Zoo "cautiously optimistic" after aging elephant"s fall 2010-07-14 - Springfield, United States - Aging elephant has 2 broken vertebrae at Springfield MO zoo 2010-07-10 - Springfield, United States - Dickerson Park Zoo"s aging elephant is taken off meds for tests 2010-07-09 - Springfield, United States - Treatment Discontinued for Weakening Elephant 2008-01-18 - Springfield, United States - Dickerson Park Zoo Receives Unexpected Gift 2007-12-22 - Springfield, United States - Death educates us about herpesvirus 2007-12-06 - Springfield, United States - Dickerson Park Zoo Suspends Elephant Breeding 2007-12-03 - SPRINGFIELD, United States - Elephant Calf Succumbs to Herpesvirus 2007-12-02 - Springfield, United States - Elephant Care Controversy 2007-07-22 - Springfield, United States - Elephant celebrates Nishas 1st birthday at zoo. Party, crafts and other fun mark Dickerson Park"s first ZooFest 2007-02-09 - Springfield, United States - Frozen in time: the woolly mammoth 1998-10-01 - Springfield, United States - Manual collection and characterization of semen from Asian elephants (Elephas maximus).

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