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BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo Saddened to Announce Death of Baby Giraffe

September 13, 2012

 

BATON ROUGE, La.-BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is deeply saddened by the loss of a female baby giraffe. The giraffe passed away this morning after Zoo staff conducted its regular morning inspections.

Cause of death is unknown and a necropsy will be performed.

"We are mourning the loss of our baby this morning," said Zoo Director Phil Frost. "We truly appreciate the thoughts and support for our staff. The Zoo Keepers are a tremendously dedicated group of people. We have been anticipating this birth for some time, and the loss is hardest on those that care for the giraffes every single day."

Frost adds, "Death is something that we deal with at the Zoo. Births and deaths are a reality with all living collections. This experience will enable us to learn more about animal husbandry, and just like humans, animals are the most vulnerable in the first year of their lives. These facts do not negate the disappointment and sadness we feel today."

Our Mission:

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is a place where people connect with animals.

  • We are therefore dedicated to cultivate an appreciation and concern for wildlife and wild places.
  • We are committed to provide excellence in animal care and welfare, education, recreation, conservation and research that collectively inspire respect for nature.

 

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If a human baby weighed 7 pounds at birth and grew at the same rate as an American alligator it would be 36 feet tall and weigh 150,000 pounds when fully grown.
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