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Giraffe Dies in Tulsa Zoo

Written by PETA | December 7, 2009

Last month, Amali, a 5-year-old giraffe, got an unnatural knot in her neck from an injury sustained in-transit to the Tulsa Zoo, where she was expected to breed with a male giraffe. After weeks of treatment with ineffective drugs, Amali’s neck remained crooked. A few days ago, zoo veterinarians prepared her for an X-ray procedure, but soon after sedation, Amali died. / CC


Amali’s disability may have looked unusual, but her tragic passing is an all-too-ordinary occurrence for giraffes at zoos. Captive giraffes frequently die as a result of inadequate care and space. Veterinary neglect is often lethal—as it was in 2005 for a giraffe named Kenya at the Columbus Zoo after the zoo’s chief veterinarian administered the wrong drug during surgery. In 2006, Makena, a 1-year-old giraffe, fatally broke her neck while she struggled to free herself after her head became wedged in a small space at the Lee Richardson Zoo in Kansas. Earlier last year, Dusti died from strangulation when he became entangled in a pulley system at Brookfield Zoo in Illinois. The year before, Makonnen, a 2-year-old giraffe, died in a barn fire at Six Flags in Vallejo, Cali.

Giraffes belong in the wild, not in enclosures that offer many opportunities for these curious animals to become injured. If you notice abuse or mistreatment of animals in your local zoo, file a report. Your observations and documentation can save lives that would otherwise be lost to neglect and carelessness.

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • hlamincho says:

    how could they just let that giraffe die?! i wouldn’t be surprised if they just threw her dead body out with the trash… :c

  • Ashton says:

    1. yes it wronge keep animals in cages 2. we need them cause if there out in the wild then they will go instinct then we cant help the resaon we have them is to save 3. it wasnt the zoo that killed her it was the transporter guy 4. yes it was very very sad and she was also pregnet so there was 2 loses

  • lindsay odum says:

    they should hav done somtihn way sooner!!! how could u just leave them like that wen u no there in pain. i would feel terrible if that happened to one of my zoo animals and done all i could to help it!!!! i hope all those pple feel really sorry for wat they did

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  • Shari says:

    Look into her pretty little eyes! She should have never had to suffer like this! She is now in heaven! But we must fight for her on earth to make sure justice is done to save all the other giraffes from being hurt or killed.

  • vegancoin says:

    a very sad story animals don’t belong in zoos. this is an excellent example of that such cruelty and neglect.

  • antoine says:

    I still remember the Calvin and Hobbes cartoon that I read even before I was vegan which affirmed my dislike for zoos. Zoos are prison facilities…pure and simple…They try to make themselves “look” better by claiming to do conservation but they are NOT doing conservation. Zoos are prisons and their prisoners only crime is that they are not human.

  • Kathy says:

    Very sad and tragic indeed. This precious Giraffe is now an angel.

  • lisa says:

    Such a beautiful majestic animal to end her short life in that way. God bless you Amali.

  • Dawn Mason says:

    Very sad!

  • NT says:

    What a waste of a life. These people truly don’t know what the hell they’re doing. Butchers!

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Somebody affilaited with the zoo should be prosected for this majestic creature’s death.

  • Rad_Rosa89 says:

    As a child I’ve only gone to one zoo and that was the San Diego Zoo in sixth grade and I was always told that they were taken care of and stuff.. but I was horribly wrong animal are not ours to keep in enclosers. The only animals that need to be locked up are humans look at the way they treat animals!! Also endangered animals need to be enclosers to ensure that they do no go extinct like pandas but they need LOTS of space I’m talking about one panada and about 25 acres of roaming space.. and away from people too.

  • chris says:

    wow thats’s so sad. they should know better then to cramp giraffes in small spaces.

  • Aneliese says:

    A very sad story. Even as a child I hated zoos. I couldn’t understand why animals could be kept in cages.