JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In the span of just a few days, two animals died at Jacksonville Zoo. Darasa, a 15 year old zebra died during treatment for colic Saturday. Then Monday evening, Zawadi, a 19 year old giraffe was euthanized after collapsing. The USDA oversees animals at zoos, and was notified after each death.
"We are absolutely committed to sharing and being transparent with any of the government agencies," said Dan Maloney, Deputy Director of Conservation and Education.
The USDA, in a statement, said "We are looking into the deaths to determine whether there were any Animal Welfare Act noncompliances that contributed to their deaths, this is standard practice. However, there is no open investigation."
Malloney says the deaths were unfortunate, but not a sign of an issue at the zoo.
"While it's a sad coincidence, because you've got two young animals that have lost their moms, their deaths aren't related," he said.