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Oldest reticulated giraffe in United States passes in Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

The oldest reticulated giraffe in North America passed away on Friday, according to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

Early last week, the zoo’s animal care staff and veterinary team noticed Zuri showing signs of abdominal pain and decreased appetite.

After treatment for several days, Zuri’s symptoms worsened and care staff decided to euthanize her.

Zuri was 33 years old, born on December 6, 1988 and had been with the zoo since 1989. According to the zoo, Zuri greeted more than 17 million guests during her time in Fort Wayne.

The reticulated giraffe is an endangered species.

The zoo welcomes the community to mail them cards, photos or stories of their favorite memories of Zuri to the zoo.

Ella Abbott is a multimedia reporter for 89.1 WBOI. She is a strong believer in the ways audio storytelling can engage an audience and create a sensory experience.