Dash for Donna 5K
Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 8:00 AM (CDT)
Run Wild at Dash for Donna August 31st at 8 am. Dash for Donna has something for all participants from the most experienced runner to the family looking for a healthy activity everyone can enjoy. The 5k will offer participants the chance to run through the beautiful hilly terrain of the Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden. The 1 mile family fun walk will let the whole family join in on this celebration of Donna the Hippo. Immediately following the race family friendly activities will take place at the Zoo's Entrance. Awards will be given to top placings in running and walking. Race proceeds will benefit a childrens play area with a memorial to Donna the Hippo on Zoo grounds.
Donna The Hippo
"Donna Day" found a way into the people of Evansville's hearts upon her arrival to the Mesker Park Zoo in August of 1956. Donna was born in 1951 and came to Mesker Park Zoo with a male hippopotamus "Hippie Kley". While residing at the Zoo Donna had eight babies all of which she outlived. Donna developed many friends from the Zoo including "Bunny" the Elephant and of course her many visitors. Donna was 60 years old when she died in July 2012 making her the oldest hippo in captivity.