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15-Month Mission Saves Giraffes on Sinking Island

9 endangered Rothschild giraffes transported on custom-made barge to mainland Kenya

(Newser) - For more than a year, multiple groups have worked together to rescue nine endangered giraffes from a sinking island in a Kenyan lake. On Monday, the final two animals made the milelong journey from their flooded habitat to their new home on the mainland, thanks to the rescuers' patience and...

1.2M Watched Her Give Birth. Now, a Farewell to April

Giraffe at upstate NY zoo is euthanized due to advancing arthritis

(Newser) - April, the giraffe that became a sensation when a rural New York zoo livestreamed her 2017 pregnancy and delivery, was euthanized Friday because of advancing arthritis, the zoo said. "She is a precious member of our family, and while we knew this day would eventually come, our hearts are...

They Put Out the Fire at the Zoo. Then, a Tragic Find

2 giraffes, including one named Waffles, killed during blaze at Roer's Zoofari in Reston, Va.

(Newser) - Two giraffes were found dead Monday evening after firefighters battled a blaze at a Virginia zoo, officials said. A two-story barn at Roer's Zoofari caught fire around 5:30pm Monday night, news outlets reported, via the AP . The two giraffes were found after the fire was extinguished. Fairfax County...

LA Zoo Giraffe Dies After Giving Birth to Stillborn Calf

Los Angeles Zoo mourns death of 12-year-old Hasina

(Newser) - A giraffe has died at the Los Angeles Zoo after undergoing a procedure to deliver her stillborn calf, the zoo announced Tuesday. Hasina, a 12-year-old Masai giraffe, died unexpectedly Monday night after a team of 30 zoo staffers had removed the full-term stillborn calf in a five-hour procedure that morning,...

Tragedy Follows Long-Awaited Zoo Birth

Nashville zoo says mother giraffe accidentally stepped on newborn's neck

(Newser) - Nashville Zoo says keepers will be giving giraffe Nasha "an abundance of comfort and care for the next few days" after the tragic death of her newborn. After a 15-month pregnancy and a birth watched by thousands Saturday on the "Baby Giraffe Cam," the infant giraffe died...

Orphaned White Giraffe Gets Some Added Protection

GPS tracker to provide hourly location updates in Kenya

(Newser) - An orphaned white giraffe has been fitted with a tracking device in Kenya in an effort to protect him from poachers, like those who killed his mother and sibling. News outlets including the AP refer to the lonely male with leucism, a genetic condition resulting in partial loss of pigmentation,...

Feds Face Lawsuit Over Failure to Protect Giraffes

With populations plummeting, hunters are still allowed to import trophies

(Newser) - Conservation groups say they are planning to sue the federal government to win greater protection of "everyone's favorite longnecked mammal." Groups including the Humane Society of the United States filed a notice of intent to sue the US Fish and Wildlife Department Wednesday ABC reports. They say...

Killing of Rare Giraffes Marks 'a Very Sad Day'
In Kenya, a Grisly Find
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In Kenya, a Grisly Find Is a 'Wake-Up Call'

Poachers believed to have taken out 2 of its rare white giraffes

(Newser) - When a bright white giraffe and her equally colorless calf were first spotted in Kenya in 2017, conservationists worried their lack of camouflage would make them easy targets for predators, if not poachers. Their fears were well-founded. In a devastating blow, it's believed poachers killed the female and a...

Dog That Tended Baby Giraffe: 'He Stayed Till the End'

Hunter the watchdog immediately took to Jazz, abandoned by his mother, at shelter

(Newser) - When Jazz, a days-old giraffe, arrived at the Rhino Orphanage animal shelter in Limpopo, South Africa, a few weeks ago, he wasn't doing so well. A farmer had found the giraffe, abandoned by its mother and dehydrated and frail, and called the shelter to take Jazz in. What happened...

Giraffes, Other Animals Die in Blaze at Ohio Wildlife Park

At least 10 animals killed in barn fire

(Newser) - At least 10 animals were killed in a barn fire that erupted at an Ohio wildlife park, officials said. The blaze began about 6:15pm Thursday at the African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton, the AP reports. Three bongos, three giraffes, three red river hogs, and a springbok housed...

For Giraffes, a Piece of Much-Needed Good News

A key World Wildlife Conference committee vows to protect them

(Newser) - Nations around the world moved Thursday to protect giraffes as an endangered species for the first time, drawing praise from conservationists and scowls from some sub-Saharan African nations, the AP reports. Thursday's vote by a key committee at the World Wildlife Conference known as CITES paves the way for...

'Billion to One' Lightning Strike Kills 2 Giraffes

Florida park says it couldn't force them to seek shelter

(Newser) - Lightning usually strikes the tallest object in the area. Unfortunately for two giraffes at a Florida wildlife park, it was apparently them. Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee says 10-year-old female Lily and Jioni, a 1-year-old male, were killed instantly by lightning during a storm early last month. The older giraffe...

Hunter in Dead Giraffe Photo: It Was 'Delicious'

Tess Talley keeps hunting despite worldwide outcry

(Newser) - A hunter whose photo of her and a dead giraffe sparked global outrage has a message for the world: She's "absolutely" still hunting, MSN reports. "It's a hobby, it's something that I love to do," Tess Talley said Friday on CBS This Morning. "...

April the Giraffe Does It Again, With 300K Watching

And it's a boy!

(Newser) - April the Giraffe gave birth once again in front of an enthralled YouTube audience on Saturday, the AP reports. More than 300,000 watched live as April gave birth to a healthy male calf at around 12:45pm, the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York said. Park officials say...

Baby Giraffe Involved in Attack on Woman, Son Dies

The calf did not survive relocation

(Newser) - In a heartbreaking ending to an already tragic story, the 2-month-old giraffe whose mother trampled a US scientist and her 3-year-old son in South Africa earlier this month has died. Katy Williams and son Finn were near their home in Blyde Wildlife Estate when they surprised the mother and calf,...

US Scientist, Young Son Trampled by Giraffe

Both in 'critical but stable condition' in South Africa

(Newser) - An American scientist and her 3-year-old son are in critical condition after they were attacked by a giraffe near their home in South Africa. Katy Williams, 35, and her 3-year-old son Finn were 450 feet from their home in Blyde Wildlife Estate near the town of Hoedspruit when they surprised...

Sale of Giraffe Parts Is a Booming US Business

Humane Society looks into the trade, which is fully legal

(Newser) - It's been dubbed a " silent extinction ." The global giraffe population is estimated to have fallen by a third from 1985 to 2016, largely as a result of habitat loss and poaching. But Americans' desire for giraffe parts—skulls, hides, whole feet—isn’t helping, per a Humane...

Can the Internet Handle Another April Pregnancy?

Famous giraffe's calf due in early spring

(Newser) - April, the giraffe whose pregnancy became an internet sensation , is pregnant again. Jordan Patch of Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY, announced the pregnancy Wednesday on NBC's Today show. Patch says the calf is due during the early part of spring, around March, reports the AP . April's pregnancy...

Toys 'R' Us' Geoffrey Offered a New Gig

San Antonio Zoo trying to convince toy chain to donate mascot to further giraffe conservation

(Newser) - With the closing of all US Toys 'R' Us stores, mascot Geoffrey is headed for the unemployment line. But not so fast: The San Antonio Zoo wants the defunct toy chain to shift its famous giraffe to a new gig, that of conservation ambassador for, well, giraffes. As CNN...

Zoo Atlanta's Giraffe Dies in 'Unusual Incident'
Zoo Giraffe
Dies in Freak
Accident

Zoo Giraffe Dies in Freak Accident

Zoo Atlanta's Zuberi seemed perfectly fine before 'highly unusual incident'

(Newser) - If it seems like giraffes are almost never in the news for a good reason , well, chuck this story on that pile: Zoo Atlanta announced Tuesday that one of its male reticulated giraffes, 8-year-old Zuberi, died in a freak accident. "(Zoo staff) saw some unusual movement in Zuberi's...

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