The Mesker Park Zoo & Botanical Garden is mourning the loss of one of the most recognizable members of its animal family.
Kiah, a 29-year-old female giraffe was euthanized due to ongoing age-related difficulties affecting her quality of life.
Kiah was the oldest giraffe at Mesker Park Zoo & Botanical Garden. The news was shared on the zoo’s official Facebook page.
According to the post, Kiah lived a long and happy life at the zoo. The median life expectancy for a female giraffe in human care is 20 years.
The following is a portion of the Facebook post:
“We ask that our community help us in honoring Kiah's memory with pictures and memories you have collected through the years. And we do this because just as she has had a tremendous impact on us who have worked so closely with her we know she, too, has impacted our wonderful visitors, donors, and members,” the post read.
Giraffes will continue to be a part of the zoo family going forward, according to the post.
Mesker Park Zoo began the year 2020 with three giraffes. Kizzie, a 19-year-old giraffe passed away suddenly back in February.
Currently—there is just one giraffe, 3-year-old Clementine living at the Evansville zoo.
Clementine is not all alone—she is sharing a habitat with two Grant’s Zebras.