Dallas (CBSDFW.COM) — The Dallas Zoo announced Monday that it is mourning the loss of another giraffe.
The zoo said 19-year-old Augie died this weekend after dealing with age-related health issues that led to liver failure.
The zoo said he was affectionately known as “Uncle Augie” because of how gentle and always gentle he was with new calves.
We will all miss him, the zoo said. “Death is an inevitable part of zoo life, but we believe sharing these stories – both good and sad – helps you stay connected with the animals you know and love.”
Earlier this month, a 3-month-old giraffe calf, Marikani, was taken down.
The zoo’s findings showed that Marikani and a few adult giraffes were running along a sloping portion of the habitat when one of its front legs was planted in the ground at the top of the slope, causing its leg to extend excessively.
“We believe that one of the adult giraffes was then unable to stop quickly enough, colliding with a maricani from behind – causing fractures in its radius and ulna.”
The zoo said in a statement that it is making some changes in an effort to make the giraffe’s habitat safer:
While the habitat of the savannah giants cannot be made accidents, we, along with the giraffe experts at AZA, have closely assessed the situation and identified some changes we will make to help mitigate the risks and reduce the chances of future accidents like this. We will add substrate materials in areas that have shown some wear, and we will also install cameras around the habitat. The cameras wouldn’t have prevented this incident, but they would be a valuable tool for monitoring the animals’ interactions and behaviour.