Dash for Donna at Mesker Park Zoo | Community Spirit
Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden is inviting the community to take part in a 5k run to remember a beloved fixture at the zoo for decades: Donna the Hippo.
Donna came to the zoo in August 1956. She was put down in August 2012 after battling health problems. According to the zoo, Donna was 60 years old when she died, which made her the oldest hippo in captivity.
The Dash for Donna begins at 8am August 31st. Participants can take part in a 5k through the zoo grounds or join in a 1 Mile Family Fun Walk. There will be family-friendly activities at the zoo's entrance after the race.
Registration is available online through the zoo's website, www.meskerparkzoo.com. 5k registration and the 1 Mile Family Fun Walk are listed at $22 dollars online.
Proceeds from the event will go toward a childrens play area at the zoo which will have a memorial to Donna.