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 Nosey , The Elephant

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Nosey , The Elephant

  • Birth 1946
  • Death 14 Oct 1993 Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA
  • Burial Non-Cemetery Burial
  • Memorial ID 69704367


In 1949 Nosey the elephant was purchased with the help of the Fresno Rotary Club and wide support throughout the valley. A Name-the-Elephant Contest was held in anticipation of the new arrival. Thousands of school children sent in their pennies, nickels, and dimes. On September 11, 1949, Nosey's arrival coincided with the "49er's Days Rodeo Parade" in downtown Fresno during which she stole the show.

The success of the event led to the formation of the Fresno Zoological Society. The purpose of the Zoo Society was to support and create interest in the development of the zoo, and to raise funds for improvements.

Nosey, the beloved elephant, had her old asphalt exhibit replaced in 1982 with a large modern dirt exhibit with a water fall, pool, and sturdy interior night quarters, containing remote-controlled hydraulic doors. Two other female elephants and one male elephant joined her that year. It was the first time in 33 years that she had seen another of the species, and it took her 6 months before she went into the pool. She became the herd Matriarch and the Pride and Joy of Fresno. In early 1990 Nosey's former unused exhibit was converted to a Gift Shop called "Nosey's Treasure Trunk".

Nosey, passed away at the age of 47 in 1993. A bronze sculpture of a baby elephant was set in place at the front of the elephant exhibit during her last birthday celebration that year.

{Information from, Nosey the Elephant, and a Brief History of the Chaffee Zoo By, Jean Chaffee.}

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