Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens mourns death of giraffe and zebra

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens announced the death of two animals Tuesday.

Zawadi, a 19-year-old giraffe, collapsed Monday while on exhibit and was later humanely euthanatized, according to the Jacksonville Zoo.

"Zawadi was a favorite among Zoo staff, especially her keepers," said Corey Neatrour, supervisor of mammals at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. "While very difficult to lose her, it was moving to see so many departments work tirelessly throughout the day to provide her the best possible care and attempt to get her to her feet. She will be greatly missed."

Both Zawadi and staff made attempts to get her to her feet, but the effort proved too great for the stability of her health. She had no serious medical history that would have led keepers or medical staff to believe something like this would happen suddenly.

Zawadi was the Zoo's oldest giraffe and has given birth to eight calves during her time at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

"Losing an animal is always difficult for our staff especially after the team worked so hard and so long to save Zawadi, said Dan Maloney, Deputy Director of Conservation and Education. "We take some comfort from the fact that her passing was peaceful, and her care-givers were there with her to cradle and stroke her head during her transition."

Saturday a 15-year-old zebra named Darasa died from colic. She was treated the previous day, but was discovered the next morning before additional treatment could be administered. The initial necropsy for Darasa did confirm colic, a severe twisting of her intestines.


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