FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GREATER VANCOUVER ZOO IS MOURNING THE PASSING OF JAFARI
Aldergrove – A 12 year old healthy male giraffe was found dead in his heated barn this morning by animal care staff during their pre-opening routine.
On November 4th, 2012 at approximately 7:30 am animal care staff doing their morning routine came upon Jafari collapsed in his heated barn. Jafari was a healthy 12 year old male giraffe. He arrived at the Greater Vancouver Zoo in late 2001 at the age of 6 months from the Granby Zoo. The cause of death is unknown at this time and a necropsy will be performed.
Jody Henderson, Greater Vancouver Zoo General Manager, said “this is extremely hard on all of us at the Zoo, although we take comfort in knowing visitors of the zoo had an opportunity to learn more about this beautiful endangered species”.
In memory of Jafari, we encourage our visitors to share their encounter with Jafari on our Facebook page.
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