The Rothschild Giraffe/GVZoo’s Giraffe problem.

The Rothschild Giraffe is one of the most endangered and largest Giraffes in the world. Some are as tall as 20 feet and can weigh up to 2500 pounds. Rothschild Giraffes are most recognized for their distinct pattern that differs from other species. In the wild, they live up to 30 years old.  Look at this beautiful group of Rothschild Giraffes in the wild. 

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In 2006, GVZoo had a baby Giraffe die at just over a week old. Some speculated that the lack of a feeding paddock for what was a senior mother (23 years old) to nurse a baby at should have been installed to prevent this death.  At GVZoo in 2011, Eleah and Amryn, a mother/daughter duo of Giraffes died within a week  of each other. Another giraffe named Jafari died at the age of 12 from a degenerative brain disease in 2011. Giraffe have noted challenges with captivity in general including mortality due to cold stress, and a host of maladies associated with improper diets in captive care, including neurological damage. For an overview that includes links to more REAL Giraffe facts, check out this great link. 

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Giraffe in enclosure, GVZoo. Plywood and brick.

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