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There are many dogs to see in the Park, but Balto’s statue has long been a favorite.
A bronze statue of Balto, the famed sled dog, sculpted by Frederick Roth, was erected in the Park on December 17, 1925, The statue pays homage to the indomitable Balto, who battled tundra conditions in Alaska and helped save the state’s children. In January 1925, a deadly diphtheria epidemic threatened the children of Nome. The medicine to stop the outbreak was in Anchorage, nearly a thousand miles away. Twenty sled dog teams relayed the medicine through blinding snow and temperatures that reached 40 degrees below zero. Balto, a hardy Siberian husky, led his team for the final 53 treacherous miles, arriving in Nome just 20 hours later. Newspapers and radio around the world followed the trek, fascinated by the brave team whose efforts eventually helped end the epidemic. Balto became an instant hero and New Yorkers were quick to show their support. The bronze sculpture, was dedicated that same year on December 17 and Balto himself was present for the monument's unveiling.The statue is located on the main path leading north from the Tisch Children's Zoo.
Location: East Drive at 67th Street