As I saw the notice that Chester Zoo's elephant house was closed due to an "anomaly" in a routine EEHV test, I was reminded just how much loss the Hi-Way family, the zoo, and its supporters have borne in the last decade. While we all know that animals and humans alike will not live indefinitely--and that we have all experienced the death of a favorite animal --I find myself thinking about zoos that have faced loss so extreme as to be termed tragic. The Chester Zoo's four-generation Asian elephant family is remarkable in its breeding success in the effort to establish a self-sustaining population in human care. Yet seven of these young calves in the last decade have succombed to EEHV, a devastation I can't imagine for staff and a devoted public. Then 20-year-old Sithemi died suddenly, and in December, an electrical fire destroyed the Monsoon Forest building and many small animals. This is all in addition, of course, to the "everyday" losses the zoo has faced. I also think of Syracuse's Rosamond Gifford Zoo, a small zoo that's accomplished big things. This zoo suffered unspeakable loss in the 1970s when two teenagers broke into the zoo one night and killed 40 animals. The zoo, renowned like Chester for its success breeding Asian elephants, has also built a multi-generation elephant family. They experienced a freak tragedy in 2005 when days-old baby elephant Kedar waded into an indoor pool; the herd's females all rushed into the pool in a frenzied attempt at rescue that inadvertently blocked the calf's escape, and he drowned. As I reflect tonight on the worries for Chester's Anjan, I wonder how many other examples there are in the world of zoos that have suffered great loss and have managed to put one foot in front of the other and carry on to another day--for the betterment of us all. What other zoos out there deserve tribute for persevering through great misfortune?