Help Raise Funds for Mesker Park Zoo When You ‘Dash For Donna’ Saturday Morning
Run wild at Dash for Donna on August 31st at 8am. Dash for Donna has something for everyone - from the most experienced runner to the family looking for a healthy activity to enjoy.
The 5k offers participants the chance to run through the hilly terrain of the Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden.
The 1- mile family fun walk invites the entire 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 finishers in running and walking. All participants are encouraged to stay and explore the zoo after the race activities are complete.
There is still time to support the Dash for Donna. Register in person beginning at 7am on race day.
All proceeds benefit the construction of a playground which includes 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". During her lifetime, Donna had eight babies all of which she outlived. Donna made many friends during her time at the Zoo. Donna was 60 years old when she died in July 2012 making her the oldest hippo in captivity. A memorial to Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Gardens most famous resident to date is currently in the planning stages.