An animal that's been at Dickerson Park Zoo since the 1950s is dead.
Ol’ C.C., a fixture at Dickerson Park Zoo has died. The elephant was estimated to be around 61-years-old. C.C., named for local weatherman C.C. Williford, came to the zoo in 1954. Springfield’s Metro Club organized school children to sell peanuts door-to-door to raise funds to purchase the elephant from Thailand.C.C. was being monitored around the clock after a recent diagnosis of a spinal injury, and zoo staff had seen improvements in her condition in recent weeks. She was found dead early Wednesday morning.C.C. was the fourth oldest elephant living in zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Dickerson Park Zoo director Mike Crocker says C.C. held a special place in the hearts of everyone associated with the zoo and among the community and that her death is a profound loss for zoo staff.The public can express words of support or share their memories of the elephant with her zookeepers by emailing zookeeper [at] dickersonparkzoo [dot] org.