Henry Vilas Zoo in United States

Henry Vilas Zoo

First elephant arrived1918
Last elephant left2000
Address 702 South Randall Avenue
Zip-code 53715-1665
Place Madison
Region Wisconsin
Country United States
Website Website


Key People


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants

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Record history
History of updates2010-09-26

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Henry Vilas Zoo, located at 702 South Randall Avenue, in Madison, United States , was founded in 1911 and the first elephant arrived in 1918. The last elephant left in 2000.

Comments / picturesAnnie arrived at the Henry Vilas Zoo as a gift from Alfred Ringling in 1918, seven years after the opening of the zoo. Thereafter she was kept as a single elephant until her death in 1948. She was replaced two years later with an elephant purchased and named Winky.

In October 1966, the Henry Vilas Zoo received an elephant from Morgan Berry to replace one sent to him several months prior. The new elephant was named Winkie II, named after her predecessor. Her namesake was dismissed from the zoo after she pulled a young child into her exhibit and killed her.

In 2000, the Henry Vilas Zoo made the decision to close their elephant exhibit and relocate their two elephants, Winkie and Penny, upon recommendation by the United States Department of Agriculture that the exhibit either be improved or elephants removed. Winkie was retired to Carol Buckley\' s private facility and Penny was transferred to the Riverbanks Zoo newly renovated $4 million exhibit for African elephants. She was temorarily housed at the Columbus Zoo with two other elephants slated for arrival at the South Carolina zoo.

References for records about Henry Vilas Zoo

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Koehl, Dan (2024). Henry Vilas Zoo, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=291. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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