The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is getting a spooky new addition just in time for Halloween – an animal graveyard!
The zoo plans to open the animal graveyard by October 15, 2022. The cemetery will be located in the Zoo’s Heart of Africa section and will feature graves of some animals that have died at the zoo over the years.
Many species of animals will be buried there, including lions, tigers, bears, and elephants. Each animal will have its own grave or mausoleum space, personalized for each animal. For example, the lion graves will have a mane-shaped headstone, and the elephant graves will be large enough to accommodate their penises.
Interactive experiences will await visitors to the graveyard. They will be able to learn about different animals buried there and record audio messages for them. A custom sound system will pipe the audio into the graves.
The decision to open the animal graveyard has been controversial, with some arguing that it is disrespectful to the animals. However, zoo officials say they have taken all necessary precautions to ensure that the animals are treated with respect and that their final resting place is dignified.
What do you think about the Columbus Zoo’s new animal graveyard? Do you think it is a respectful way to honor the animals, or do you find it disrespectful? Let us know in the comments below.