Balto Siberian Husky sled dog. on the east park drive Central Park just north of the zoo on our right, looking east toward 5th avenue.
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Balto (1919 – March 14, 1933) was a Siberian Husky sled dog who led his team on the final leg of the 1925 serum run to Nome, in which diphtheria antitoxin was transported from Nenana, Alaska, to Nome by dog sled to combat an outbreak of the disease. The run is commemorated by the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Balto was named after the Sami explorer and adventurer Samuel Balto. Balto died at the age of 14.
The statue of Balto by Frederick George Richard Roth (1872 – 1944) was unveiled on December 17, 1925. The statue is bronze, and is set on a large granite rock near the entrance of Central Park at East 67th Street, by the Tisch Children's Zoo.
A plaque on the front is engraved with seven sled dogs running through a blizzard, and the following words: Dedicated to the indomitable spirit of the sled dogs that relayed antitoxins 660 miles over rough ice, across treacherous waters, through Arctic blizzards from Nenana to the relief of stricken Nome in the Winter of 1925. ENDURANCE FIDELITY INTELLIGENCE