Mimi the Elephant has been at the Denver Zoo since 1961 and is One of Oldest Elephants in North American Zoos. Mimi is aging and her health is fading. Soon, the Denver Zoo says that this special Elephant will go into what they call "Hospice Care." Mimi was born in India, and while Mimi's birth date is not known the Zoo believes she is at least 53 years old, making her one the oldest elephants in North American zoos.
Piper went on to say:
"We have had the honor of caring for Mimi since 1961. She has been a tremendous ambassador for generations of Denver Zoo guests and a beloved member of our community," says Denver Zoo President/CEO Craig Piper.
"Although we will continue to offer her the best of care and hope she rebounds, the time has come to allow her to live her remaining time with the dignity and respect she so richly deserves. Mimi has good days and bad days and we have no way of knowing how much time she has left. However, no matter how much we wish, nothing will turn back time and give her the health she enjoyed in her youth."
According to the Association of Zoo's & Aquariums Asian Elephant Species Survival Plan, the average life expectancy for female Asian elephants in zoos is 46.9 years old.
Zoo staff will be monitoring Mimi's health very closely and keep her as comfortable as possible. According to the Denver Zoo, Mimi continues to be loved by everyone in Denver and Denver Zoo will continue to provide updates when appropriate.