The Dallas Zoo will add cameras inside its giraffe habitat and alter the exhibit’s terrain after an damage precipitated a 3-month-old calf to be euthanized earlier this month.
Marekani was euthanized on Oct. 3 after zoo workers discovered a number of, practically irreparable fractures in her leg. The zoo introduced Monday on Fb that its investigation discovered that Marekani was injured as she ran alongside an inclined part of her habitat within the Giants of the Savanna with just a few grownup giraffes.
One in every of her entrance legs planted within the floor on the prime of an incline, hyperextending it. An grownup giraffe wasn’t capable of cease quick sufficient and bumped into Marekani from behind, inflicting the fractures in her leg, the zoo mentioned.
Tebogo, one of many giraffes on the Dallas Zoo, reached out of his habitat for a snack on Oct. 16, 2021. (Liesbeth Powers / Particular Contributor)
The zoo mentioned it should add substrate materials — usually rock, soil and different pure parts — to areas of the giraffe habitat that skilled erosion, and it’ll set up cameras contained in the exhibit so workers can have a greater view of animal interactions. The adjustments had been determined after consulting with specialists from the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums, which the zoo is accredited by way of.
A digicam system wouldn’t have prevented Marekani’s damage however will present caretakers with “a priceless software for monitoring animal interactions and habits” sooner or later, the zoo mentioned.
Within the wild, giraffe calves have a few 50% probability of dwelling by way of their first 12 months of life. Whereas that danger is decreased in captivity, all toddler animals are inherently fragile, and placing calves in an exhibit with grownup animals does include dangers, workers beforehand informed The Dallas Morning Information.
“The Dallas Zoo gives essentially the most naturalistic environments attainable for our animals, which has so many advantages for each their bodily and psychological well-being,” the zoo’s put up mentioned. “Sadly, these pure environment have inherent dangers, simply as they do within the wild.”
Two of the giraffes on the Dallas Zoo took a lap round their blended habitat on Oct. 16, 2021. (Liesbeth Powers / Particular Contributor)
The zoo additionally introduced the passing of an grownup giraffe, a 19-year-old named Auggie. The zoo mentioned Auggie handed away from age-related points that led to liver failure.
“Affectionately often called ‘Uncle Auggie’ due to how candy and mild he at all times was with new calves, he shall be missed by all of us,” the zoo mentioned on Fb. “Demise is an inevitable a part of zoo life, however we consider sharing these tales — each the nice and the unhappy — helps you keep related to the animals you realize and love.”