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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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

'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... More »

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. "... More »

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... More »

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,... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Giraffe Kills South African Film Director

It wasn't the giraffe's fault, safari lodge says

(Newser) - Giraffes aren't exactly South Africa's deadliest creature, but they can still be extremely dangerous: A South African film director is dead after what film agency CallaCrew describes as a "fatal run-in with a giraffe on set." Carlos Carvalho, 47, was filming close-ups of the bull giraffe... More »

White Giraffes Caught on Video

Check out the footage of a female and a baby

(Newser) - For the first time ever, white giraffes have been caught on video. Back in June, a villager in Kenya came upon the extremely rare white giraffes — a female and a baby — near the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy and reported the sighting to local rangers, the New York Times reports.... More »

Name of April the Giraffe's Calf Revealed

Tajiri, which means 'hope'

(Newser) - More than two weeks after April the giraffe finally gave birth , her calf's name has been revealed. Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, which live-streamed the final stages of April's pregnancy to millions of viewers who waited impatiently for the calf to be born, staged a contest... More »

April Is a Cash Cow for Zoo

Giraffe frenzy raked in $150K in GoFundMe, likely hundreds of thousands more

(Newser) - April the giraffe has become a cash cow for a tiny zoo in upstate New York, thanks to a YouTube livestream of her pregnancy and birth of an incredibly cute calf that riveted viewers around the world. Owners of the for-profit Animal Adventure Park won't say exactly how much... More »

Park: April's Fine, Please Stop Emailing Us

Giraffe live cam is coming down this week

(Newser) - April the Giraffe's wildly popular live cam is going dark this week. Animal Adventure Park in New York announced on Facebook that the cam will be turned off as early as Wednesday, reports CNET . April gave birth over the weekend, and since then concerned viewers have flooded the park... More »

April the Giraffe Gives Birth. Finally

Nearly 2M people watched the livestreamed birth

(Newser) - After approximately 1,400 hours of livestreaming video, April the giraffe finally gave birth, the Washington Post reports. And nearly 2 million people spent their Saturday morning watching. According to USA Today , the 15-year-old giraffe at Animal Adventure Park in New York has been pregnant for 16 months and finally... More »

Woman Who Trolled Pregnant Giraffe Beats Giraffe to Actual Birth

Erin Dietrich went live again from the hospital

(Newser) - Apparently, spoofing a giraffe who seems like it may never give birth is a pretty good way to induce your own labor. Erin Dietrich, the South Carolina woman who went viral with her video impersonating April the pregnant giraffe , gave birth to a boy Wednesday night. She posted the announcement... More »

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