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North Carolina Zoo giraffe dies after being entangled in toy

Posted March 7

Jamili giraffe

— Keepers at the the North Carolina Zoo’s giraffe habitat found Jamili, a 9-year-old female giraffe, unresponsive in her behind-the-scenes living quarters Tuesday morning. She accidentally became entangled in an engagement toy used with the giraffe herd.

The North Carolina Zoo released a statement saying this was the first incident with the specific item and they are looking into its safety.

“We are reviewing all of our animal safety policies and procedures — including the enrichment items that the animals use in their behind-the-scenes living quarters — to ensure the safety of all our animals.”

Jamili, a reticulated giraffe, was born May 30, 2008 at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She came to the North Carolina Zoo in March 2009. She gave birth to one female calf, Juma, in July 2012. Juma is now at the Maryland Zoo and last month had a female calf of her own.


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  • Clif Bardwell Mar 8, 1:23 p.m.
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    Ri-i-i-ght. Because giraffes don't die in the wild.

  • Jeff Giraffist Mar 8, 11:04 a.m.
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    Oooops wrong story

  • Jeff Giraffist Mar 8, 10:52 a.m.
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  • Crystal Jones Mar 8, 9:45 a.m.
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    I go to the zoo because it's fun and educational but in the end it's still a zoo. Those animals are not free, and at night, they are kept in something like a cage. I agree that the NC zoo does a great job at trying to mimic the natural habitat of the animals, but it still does not compare to the acres of land that giraffes usually have available to them. If you really care about the future of giraffes in the WILD, you would donate to a wildlife fund that is against poaching and for habitat conservation.

  • Chanel Spencer Mar 8, 9:03 a.m.
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    The NC Zoo is one of our favorite places to visit as a family. The animals are well cared for in environments that are very similar to their natural habitats. The campus is vast and I don't recall ever seeing an animal kept in a cage. Visit it sometime and inform yourself, please.

  • Emil Barnabas Mar 8, 8:18 a.m.
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    It is sad to see any giraffe die.

    Milo Bloom - Have you ever visited the NC Zoo? The giraffes are not kept in cages. They are free to roam around an environment that is similar to what you would find in their homeland of Africa. Using your words, they do NOT pace back and forth in an artificial enclosure.

    The wild giraffes in Africa are dying out. If it were not for cage-less zoos like the one we have here in North Carolina, and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo where Jamili was born, then giraffes might become extinct.

    If you are really concerned about saving wild animals and keeping them out of cages, then please send a donation to the NC Zoo so they can continue to do what you say they are not doing.

  • Martin Coulter Mar 8, 2:36 a.m.
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    Reason #87 that animals shouldn't be kept in cages. You want to see giraffes and other animals from another continent? Watch Nature on PBS etc. AND you'll get to see them behave normally instead of pacing back and forth, bored, in some artificial enclosure.