Mimi the elephant passed away at the Denver Zoo last week, without getting to really appreciate her new home in the Toyota Elephant Passage, which opened just over four months ago.
Mimi had been at the zoo since 1961; she was a gift from Helen Bonfils, owner of the Denver Post. Zookeepers estimated Mimi's age at the time of her passing at 53 -- old for an elephant.
But she left behind plenty of memories.
See also: - Denver Zoo: Mimi the 53-year-old elephant diees after "natural decline in health" - Caution: A herd of bull elephants is coming to the Denver Zoo- Denver Zoo's $50 million Toyota Elephant Passage opens
My 16 year old daughter fell in love with elephants from watching her at the Denver Zoo when she (my daughter) was a baby. We went all the time until she was three years old (then we had to move). She also got to watch them give her a bath one morning when we were visiting the zoo; that is her earliest memory of elephants! My daughter has been in love ever since and collected elephants because of her experience with Mimi. She has been back to visit over the last thirteen years and will be so sad that Mimi is no longer there.
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