On Thursday, April 25 at Stone Zoo, we will be conducting a routine animal escape drill. These drills are an important part of our preparedness training. While the drill is occurring, guests will be asked to move to certain areas within the Zoo for a brief period of time (not to exceed 10 minutes). We will do our best to have minimal impact on the guest experience. We are very dedicated to safety and we appreciate your participation. If you have any questions about what to expect, please do not hesitate to contact us at 617-989-2000 or info@zoonewengland.org.

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Beau, 18-year-old Masai giraffe, experiencing health issues

BeaugiraffeWe would like to share with everyone that Beau, our 18-year-old Masai giraffe, is experiencing some health issues. Through a well-established behavioral training program with his zookeepers, last week we were able to collect a blood sample from Beau. The results from the diagnostic tests received thus far do not indicate what could be causing his issues, which include lethargy and loss of body condition. We are awaiting further test results.
 
While his appetite is good, he has not gained weight despite eating 50 pounds of food a day, which is the appropriate amount for a giraffe of his size. Staff is monitoring him closely and will be making some dietary adjustments to see if this results in any improvement. Due to his health issues, he will not be seen on exhibit on the Giraffe Savannah this spring. He may have access to the off-exhibit outdoor space near the Giraffe Barn on warmer days.
 
We hope that you will keep Beau in your thoughts.

 

Photo courtesy of Peter Lewicki