Little Rock Zoo reports death of its 62-year-old elephant, Jewell | Arkansas Blog

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Little Rock Zoo reports death of its 62-year-old elephant, Jewell

Posted By on Sun, Sep 8, 2013 at 3:19 PM

ZINA AND JEWELL: Jewell is at right in photo of the elephants taken in 2011.
  • ZINA AND JEWELL: Jewell is at right in photo of the elephants taken in 2011.

The Little Rock Zoo was closed today after staff euthanized, Jewell, a 62-year-old former circus elephant that came to Little Rock in 2011.

The zoo reported:

The Little Rock Zoo is sad to report the death of Jewell, a 62-year-old elephant living at the Zoo since 2011. The Zoo will be closed today as staff remove the elephant from the exhibit. Large equipment is in use and most pedestrian paths are blocked inside the Zoo.

Zoo staff reported early this morning that Jewell was lying on her side on the ground and was struggling to get up. The elephant was unable to lift herself up on her own and Zoo staff worked quickly to lift Jewell to her feet using a large crane and harness.

After she was lifted to her feet the elephant could not stand on her own without assistance. Zoo veterinarian staff, in consultation with Zoo elephant staff, evaluated the elephant’s condition and made the decision to euthanize her. A necropsy will be performed on the elephant.

Median life expectancy for female Asian elephants living in AZA accredited zoos is 49.6.

Jewell was donated to the Little Rock Zoo in 2011 by the Ringling Brothers Center for Elephant Conservation where she had been living since her retirement from the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey circus.

The Zoo’s other elephant, Zina, was also donated to the Zoo by Ringling Brothers and is doing well, according to Zoo staff. 

Tags: , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store



Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Super Bowl line

    Over to you.
    • Feb 7, 2016
  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017
  • Charter school accountability: Non-existent in Arkansas

    A state audit finds charter school spending violated state law, but the state Education Department says it has no responsibility for ensuring proper management of charter schools. Say what?
    • Mar 5, 2016

People who saved…

Most Shared

  • 'Cemetery angel' Ruth Coker Burks featured in new short film

    Ruth Coker Burks, the AIDS caregiver and activist memorably profiled by David Koon as the cemetery angel in Arkansas Times in 2015, is now the subject of a short film made by actress Rose McGowan.
  • Buyer remorse

    Out here in flyover country, you can't hardly go by the feed store without running into a reporter doing one of those Wisdom of the Heartland stories.
  • Not Whitewater

    Just think: If Democrats had turned out 78,000 more votes in three states in November, people could be reveling today in the prospect of impeaching and convicting President Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, as some Republican lawmakers had promised to try to do if she won.
  • Head-shaking

    Another edition of so-much-bad-news-so-little space.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation