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Mesker Park Zoo Introduces its Newest Giraffe, Kijana

Photo: Misty Minar / Mesker Park Zoo

On Friday, Mesker Park Zoo announced the arrival of its newest giraffe Kijana - a 3-year-old Reticulated Giraffe who lives in her habitat with Clementine the giraffe and two zebras.

Posted: Feb 26, 2021 1:46 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2021 1:48 PM

Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden introduced a new member of its family on Friday.

Zoo officials announced the arrival of their newest giraffe - Kijana, the 3-year-old Reticulated Giraffe.

Kijana was born in May 2017 at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, Michigan, and spent the first three years of her life there before her official move to Mesker.

Mesker says Kijana now shares her habitat with Clementine, the zoo's other giraffe, and two zebras.

According to Mesker Park Zoo, the zoo's team quickly sprung into action to ensure Clementine wasn't alone after the passing of the zoo's previous giraffe Kiah, who died at the age of 29-years-old in October 2020.

"As a herd animal, giraffes are social and seek other giraffes for companionship," Mesker Park Zoo said in a statement Friday. "With the help of our partners at Binder Park Zoo, Kijana now calls Mesker Park Zoo home."

Visitors can expect to see both Kijana and Clementine on exhibit in the African Rift near the Discovery Center with increased frequency as the weather begins to warm, but for now, Mesker Park Zoo says they're enjoying their heated barn on days it is cloudy or too cool to go outside.

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