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Zoo Director Hopes To Expand Elephant Exhibit

The director of the Louisville Zoo says he hopes the zoo can resume its breeding program that produced Scotty the Elephant.

It was just over two months ago that thtree year old Scotty died of complications from colic. Scotty was the first elephant born at the zoo and in Kentucky.

Speaking on WFPL’s State of Affairs program Monday, zoo director John Walczak said Scotty’s mother, Mikki, is a viable candidate for another pregnancy.

“We’re looking at a bunch of different options, because we want to remain committed to elephant conservation. We hope to really grow the program and someday we have plans to have a new elephant exhibit just like we’re talking about a new polar bear exhibit, so down the road we want to do more and more to try to help the species,” he said.

Walczak also said the zoo is looking at the possibility of reopening its popular miniature train ride. It’s been closed since June of last year, when it crashed, sending 22 people to the hospital.

State investigators blamed the wreck on excessive speed, an inadequate braking system and driver inexperience. The zoo was fined $37,000. Walczak says the zoo has since hired a safety consultant to inspect all of its amusements.

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Community, Zoo Staff Mourn the Loss of Scotty

by Stephanie Crosby

Life goes on at the Louisville Zoo, though director John Walczak says the loss of three-year-old elephant Scotty has been hard on employees there. Scotty was euthanized last night after a week-long gastrointestinal illness.

Walczak says Scotty was beloved by the community and by his keepers, and his loss has been difficult to deal with.

“It’s a very sad time,” says Walczak. “They’re professionals, but this is a devastating setback, but they’re all in there right now, doing their jobs, and doing it very professionally, but it’s been very hard. We’re concerned and we’re taking care of each other to get through this.”

Walczak says they’re setting up a memorial outside the zoo’s offices where people can leave notes and drawings of Scotty. They’re also accepting donations that will be given to elephant conservation, and they’ve put a memorial on the zoo’s Facebook page.

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Scotty The Baby Elephant Dies

By Rick Howlett

Louisville Zoo officials say Scotty, the elephant born in captivity three years ago, has died.

A press release from the zoo says Scotty was recently diagnosed with colic, and was euthanized last night after his condition deteriorated.

Scotty was born March 18, 2007 at the Louisville Zoo, the first elephant born in Kentucky and the first in the zoo’s 40 year history.

(Photo courtesy of the Louisville Zoo)