Thursday, October 7, 2010

Zoo Boise Gets a New Giraffe

Posted By on Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 2:53 PM

  • Jabari
Jabari, a 10-month old giraffe from the Six Flags Discovery Center in Vallejo, California arrived in Boise on Tuesday night. And after a day to recover from the trip and get acquainted with Julius, Zoo Boise's other giraffe, the 10-foot tall youngster was ready to make his debut.

Jabari was purchased by the city for $18,250 (including shipping) to replace Joseph the giraffe, who died unexpectedly at Zoo Boise in Mid-September.

Joseph was the second giraffe to die at Zoo Boise in two years, which prompted several online comments on BW's report hoping that a clear cause of death was established and addressed before a new giraffe was brought in.

However a necropsy on Joseph failed to establish a cause of death. Dr. M. Wayne Ayers, a veterinarian at the University of Idaho Cain Veterinary Center in Caldwell where Joseph's body was examined says he believes it could have been the result of Clostridium sordelli, a swift-acting toxin-producing bacteria, but that test results were inconclusive.

Steve Burns, director of Zoo Boise is out of the office until Monday and could not be reached for comment.

But in a press release he appeared unconcerned, saying "while we're really sad about the loss of Joseph, we are pleased that Julius has a companion and will not be alone through the winter."

Public feedings of Julius and Jabari will be held daily from 10:15-11 a.m.

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