Juno was one of two Asian Elephants living at the Zoo. | Photo courtesy EP Zoo
Officials with the El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens announced Thursday that they will host a memorial event this Saturday, April 10, for Juno, who lost her battle with breast cancer in March.
“Juno was a great elephant and wonderful representative of her species,” said El Paso Zoo Director Joe Montisano. “She formed lasting bonds with our animal care team and even through her battle with cancer; she lived with great dignity and a real sense of adventure and fun. She had the best sense of humor out of any elephant I have ever met. She will be missed by the animal care team, our guests and everyone whose life she touched with her gentle soul.”
The community will have an opportunity to share kind, written messages outside of the elephant exhibit throughout the day that will be given to Juno’s care team. In addition, staff asks guests visiting the zoo on Saturday to wear pink in her memory.
Officials with the zoo say they hope that a day dedicated to Juno’s bravery and life will allow those who participate to remember her journey and time in El Paso.
Juno was 53 years old and one of the only known elephants to be diagnosed with cancer.
The zoo continues their work with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to explore options for a companion elephant for Savannah, the zoo’s other elephant. Asian elephants are an AZA SAFE species. SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) focuses the collective expertise within AZA accredited zoos and aquariums and leverages their massive audiences to save species.