Dunk Dies at National Zoo

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Summary

The Asian elephant, "Dunk," dies after falling and breaking his shoulder. Dunk along with Gold Dust were the first residents at the National Zoological Park. Dunk was given to the Zoo on April 30, 1891 by James E. Cooper, owner of the Adam Forepaugh Shows. It was estimated that at his death Dunk was over 50 years old.

Subject

  • Dunk (Elephant)
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 386, Box 35, Animal Registration Records, Animal Removal Cards.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 298, Box 1, "Local Notes," 4/4/1917, p. 3.

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

March 30, 1917

Topic

  • Animals
  • Deaths
  • Zoos
  • Elephants

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