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Posted on: July 23, 2015

Zoo mourns passing of elderly giraffe

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Lee Richardson Zoo mourns the passing of a long-time resident. Shingo, a 29-year-old reticulated giraffe, was euthanized by veterinary care staff Wednesday due to his declining condition.

The necropsy (animal autopsy) revealed signs of liver cancer and pancreatic abnormalities. Pathology results are pending. Shingo was born on March 14, 1986, and reached an age of 29 years, 4 months. He was the oldest male reticulated giraffe ever in North America according to the species studbook. Shingo far exceeded the median life expectancy for male reticulated giraffes which is 11.7 years.

Shingo was born at the St. Louis Zoo and arrived at Lee Richardson Zoo when he was only 5 1/2 months old. During his nearly 29 years in Garden City, he sired five offspring. A number of staff members have worked with Shingo during his years at the zoo, adjusting his care to meet his needs. He has touched many lives and will be missed.

Two reticulated giraffes, Juani, a 6-year-old male and Cleo, a 2-year-old female, remain at the zoo. When Cleo is a little bigger, the zoo plans to introduce the two to one another as the zoo’s new breeding pair.

In the wild, giraffes are facing a growing crisis. Their numbers have dropped from an estimated 140,000 to about 80,000 in the last fifteen years. Giraffe Conservation Foundation estimates more than 2 million used to roam the African continent 150 years ago. Habitat loss and other threats from a growing human population, such as poaching, are the main cause of the decline.

Lee Richardson Zoo website
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