COLORADO SPRINGS — Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s (CMZ) 21-month-old giraffe, BB, will quickly be relocated to the Denver Zoo. BB will meet her new playmate, 5-year-old Dobby, and his mother, Kipele.
CMZoo says BB’s actual shifting date won’t be shared. Nevertheless, friends may have the prospect to see her at CMZoo by means of the Fourth of July vacation weekend.
The transfer is in assist of the Giraffe Species Survival Plan (SSP). SSPs are managed by the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). AZA matches particular person animals all through AZA-accredited organizations for breeding. In line with CMZ, the objective is to create probably the most genetically various inhabitants of animal ambassadors doable in human care.
Zoos accredited by the AZA, together with CMZoo and Denver Zoo, commonly take part in animal strikes reminiscent of this for the higher good of the species of their collective care.
Practically two years previous could appear younger to maneuver a giraffe to a brand new herd, however CMZoo’s and the SSP’s years of expertise have confirmed that shifting smaller giraffe who’re not depending on their moms is right. BB has been unbiased of her mom, Bailey, for a very long time, states CMZoo.
Though BB received’t instantly take part within the SSP breeding suggestion, this transfer is a step in that route. BB’s genetics are helpful to the longer term range of giraffe in human care, says CMZoo.