Animal Cemetery at Columbus Zoo to Open by Halloween

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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.

Ricardo Paye
Ricardo Paye
Ricardo Paye is a Senior Correspondent with Delaware Ohio News. Born and raised in the Delaware County Fairgrounds, he's a reporter with a deep knowledge of the streets who isn't afraid to ask tough questions. His fondest childhood memory is getting a hand job from a public utility worker in the basement of Pilsner's 5 & Dime store. He holds a bachelor's degree in Euthanasia from Ohio Wesleyan University.


  1. “For example, the lion graves will have a mane-shaped headstone, and the elephant graves will be large enough to accommodate their penises.”



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