El Paso Zoo’s Asian Elephant Juno Has Gone to Elephant Heaven
Since 2016, El Pasoans have supported Juno through her long battle with breast cancer. Sadly, El Pasoans will now have to mourn Juno's death.
We are saddened to report that Juno, our beloved Asian Elephant, has lost her valiant battle with breast cancer.
Posted by El Paso Zoo on Friday, March 19, 2021
On March 19th, the El Paso Zoo and Botanical Garden announced the passing of El Paso's beloved Juno. She has been fighting to survive her fight with cancer by receiving multiple electrochemotherapy treatments.
Fans of Juno received heartbreaking news back in November 2020, when reports of her cancer growing at an alarming and aggressive rate.
One last surgery to remove the cancer mass from Juno's body allowed her to live a more comfortable life, but heartbreakingly, couldn't remove all of the cancer cells.
According to The El Paso Zoo, Juno's health suddenly deteriorated.
Ultimately, her caretakers had to make the tough decision to end her four-year battle with cancer. At 53, Juno was peacefully euthanized, surrounded by her animal keepers.
From day one, you know her animal keepers loved her beyond words. Juno was such a vital part of the El Paso Zoo. El Pasoan and all those who visited while vacationing in El Paso were lucky enough to be in the presence of Juno. How could you not be amazed by her beauty? She was a gorgeous Asian Elephant who immediately made you smile with just the sight of her.
Juno was the highlight of so many field trips, family days, and events at the El Paso Zoo. As a resident starting in 1967, you know many hearts are going to be broken by this news.
All I can hope for Juno is that she is finally without pain in elephant heaven. The Sun City loved you.
We always will love you.