DPZ Mourns Death of Beloved Spider Monkey

News Release


Contact: Joey Powell, Public Relations/Marketing Director

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For Immediate Release: March 25, 2021 



Dickerson Park Zoo Saddened to Announce Death of

Bozo the Spider Monkey


Springfield, MO –Dickerson Park Zoo is saddened to announce that Bozo the spider monkey passed away Thursday morning, March 25, 2021. While the necropsy showed evidence of liver failure, the cause of the liver failure is yet to be determined. Further testing is pending and may take a couple of months.


His exact age and date-of-birth are unknown, but he was estimated to be 55-years-old. The average lifespan of a spider monkey is 25 years.


Bozo came to Dickerson Park Zoo from a small primate facility in Iowa in May 2003. His antics, chattering, and often pouty attitude made him a favorite of zoo staff and many guests. He was undoubtedly one of the most popular and beloved animals at the zoo.


“Bozo had a larger-than-life personality,” said zoo director Mike Crocker. “He lived a very long life and loved chattering and interacting with people. He was a character. One day he would race to greet you, and the next he might turn his back and ignore you, while sneaking a peek to see if you were still there paying attention to him. We will miss him, but we are relieved to know he did not suffer and peacefully passed away.”




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Dickerson Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things.  With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information, visit www.aza.org.

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