Randall Oaks Zoo mourns the loss of its Clydesdale, Annie

  • Annie the Clydesdale has lived at Randall Oaks Zoo for 18 years. She was born "Annie of Alamar" to mom Faith on Alamar Acres in Pecatonica, Ill., on May 7, 2000. She came to the Randall Oaks Zoo as a yearling on May 23, 2001, and quickly became a zoo favorite.

    Annie the Clydesdale has lived at Randall Oaks Zoo for 18 years. She was born "Annie of Alamar" to mom Faith on Alamar Acres in Pecatonica, Ill., on May 7, 2000. She came to the Randall Oaks Zoo as a yearling on May 23, 2001, and quickly became a zoo favorite. Courtesy of Dundee Township Park District

 
 
Updated 11/1/2019 7:11 PM

The staff at Randall Oaks Zoo in West Dundee is saddened to announce the recent passing of its beloved Clydesdale, Annie, a prominent resident who lived at the zoo since 2001.

Annie, who had turned 19 in May, was always a favorite of guests and beloved by all who knew her. Clydesdales live about 20 years.

 

Assistant Manager Katie DeMaria said, "Annie was such a sassy girl, and she knew how beautiful she was. She was a typical sassy mare but very loving as well. She loved the interaction with her trainers. All will miss her."

The zoo staff said at 19 years, Annie was one of the oldest residents at the zoo. Annie began showing signs of age this past year and was given the best care to make sure she was comfortable until the end.

The zookeepers, trainers, and visitors will miss spending time caring for and visiting her but are so thankful for her and the impact she has had on so many people.

About the Randall Oaks Zoo

Let your curiosity run wild! Randall Oaks Zoo at 1180 Randall Road features 160 animals for viewing, petting, and feeding. Some highlights of the zoo include cows, mini horses, a camel, sheep, goats, emus, alpacas, reptiles, deer, rabbits, chickens, pigs, fox, and birds, including red-tailed hawks, peacocks and bobcat, to name a few. Guests can enjoy during their visit animal training demos, zookeeper talks, animal walks, and animal enrichment. Come and meet all our four-legged, furry and feathered friends! For more information, visit www.dtpd.org/randall-oaks-zoo/ or www.facebook.com/RandallOaksZoo/.

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