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Date(s) - 09/30/2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Hawthorne Branch, Madison Public Library


On Saturday, September 30, the Alliance for Animals will host a memorial gathering for Winkie, the former Vilas Zoo elephant, who recently passed away at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.

Winkie was born in Burma in 1966 and was captured at one year of age and sold to the exotic animal trade, which brought her to the Vilas Zoo.

Madison animal rights activists worked tirelessly to call attention to her bleak and antiquated enclosure. Eventually the USDA ordered the Zoo to either improve her environment or place her elsewhere, Winkie was moved to The Elephant Sanctuary on September 12, 2000.

This free event is September 30 from 2-4 at the Hawthorne Branch of the Madison Public Library, 2707 E. Washington Ave. Light refreshments will be served. More info at or contact

Read more about Winkie here.

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