Save Baby Giraffes Like Kipenzi from Dying in Captivity

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Target: Ron Kagan, Executive Director/CEO, Detroit Zoological Society and Center for Zoo Animal Welfare

Goal: Find alternative habitat structuring to prevent accidental deaths like the one of Kipenzi, the famous baby giraffe.

A baby giraffe named Kipenzi, who became famous on the web after video of her birth at the Dallas Zoo became famous, has died. The giraffe was running around the giraffe habitat she lived in when she ran into the perimeter, snapping her neck and dying instantly.

Kipenzi’s mother, Katie, was able to see her baby one more time before zoo workers had to remove the dead baby giraffe from the habitat. We can only imagine the kind of devastation poor Katie is going through, having just given birth to her daughter a few months ago.

“Running is a typical behavior for giraffes of all ages, especially young ones like Kipenzi,” said Harrison Edell, a senior zoo director.”We’ve been very cautious with where we’ve allowed Kipenzi to roam, as we were with her siblings … when they were small. It’s heartbreaking that this happened where it did despite our precautions.”

It’s obvious that this awful incident was an accident, but that does mean we should just let it go. Urge national zoo officials to find alternative habitat structuring to prevent accidental deaths like the sad death of Kipenzi the famous baby giraffe.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ron Kagan,

A baby giraffe named Kipenzi, who became internet famous after video of her birth at the Dallas Zoo, has died. The giraffe was running around the giraffe habitat she lived in when she ran into the perimeter, snapping her neck and dying instantly.

Running is typical for giraffes, especially young ones. It’s obvious that this awful incident was an accident, but that does mean we should just let it go. I urge you to find alternative habitat structuring to prevent accidental deaths like the sad death of Kipenzi the internet-famous baby giraffe.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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