Death of Asian Elephant at Local Theme Park

By: Wild Adventures Release
By: Wild Adventures Release

Valdosta, GA – May 30, 2011 -

Queenie, the Asian elephant, who lived for eight years in her retirement at Wild Adventures Theme Park, died earlier today at age 59. Wild Adventures zoological operations staff members arrived in the morning to find Queenie in a weakened state.

“We knew that Queenie’s health had been in decline for some time,” said Wild Adventures General Manager Bob Montgomery, “and we have been working with other zoo veterinarians to determine the best way to manage Queenie’s chronic health issues. Unfortunately we had to make a quality of life decision this morning.

We are comforted by the fact that we were able to give her a great place to live out the rest of her life and are thankful for the time we were able to share her with our guests and our team members. She will be missed,” concluded Montgomery.

Queenie came to Wild Adventures in 2003 to retire and live out her golden years. Born in 1952, Queenie is believed to be one of the oldest Asian elephants in North America. Queenie’s claim to fame was that she was known to be the world's only water-skiing elephant. Average life expectancy for Asian elephants is 50 to 70 years.

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  • by Cindy Location: Valdosta, Ga on Jun 1, 2011 at 05:35 AM
    Queenie was NOT mistreated @ Wild Adventures, she was loved, and her many medical issues were taken care of, she would not have been any better in a so called sanctuary. She had the company of other animals, and the love of WA employees and guests alike. We will miss her terribly, and I am sure WA will get Shirley a playmate before long.
  • by Elephant Lover Location: St. Simons Island, GA on May 31, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    On the plus side for Queenie - at the theme park she was no longer in the circus destroying her already destroyed joints by doing tricks. She had soft earth, trees for shade, a pond and most importantly the company of Shirley. However Shirley will now be alone, a bad situation for an elephant, they love the company of other elephants. I pray that the park keepers will contact Carol Buckley, Rob Atkinson, Pat Derby, Joyce Poole, all knowledgeable behaviorists and/or sanctuary owners to consider sending Shirley to either The Elephant Sanctuary in TN or Performing Animal Welfare Society in CA.
  • by Lynn Location: Bay Area on May 31, 2011 at 10:44 AM
    RIP, Queenie. We wish you had been able to live out your life at a sanctuary where you could roam free with your elephant family, but now you are free from the confinement of a "theme park."
  • by Robyn Langford Location: Madison Fl on May 31, 2011 at 08:18 AM
    I'm sorry to hear of her passing but it is so nice that she had such a wonderful place to be taking care of in her last years.She will be missed by all of her visiters myself and my grandchildren included. Thank you for all that you do for all the animals in the park we sure enjoy our visits. RIP Queenie!!
  • by clm on May 31, 2011 at 07:36 AM
    Namaste Dear Queenie. Your human family failed you and now you are forever free ...
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