SALT LAKE CITY — A beloved giraffe at Hogle Zoo was humanely euthanized Friday due to stomach dysfunction.
Kipenzi, 15, began showing signs of gastrointestinal distress, and keepers noted the animal’s appetite decreased in July and she was no longer passing feces.
“With broken hearts, the animal care team made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize Kip,” the press release states.
An animal autopsy determined Kip had gastric ulcers in her stomach chambers, of which giraffes have four. Keepers said there were signs of bloating and her intestines had “shut down.”
The team made the decision to euthanize the animal after extensive efforts to relieve her condition, including new medications and multiple procedures.
“Kip’s GI problem was unforeseen,” said Dr. Erika Crook, Associate Veterinarian at Hogle Zoo. “We’d been working with Kip daily trying to resolve her foot problem.”
Kip had an abnormal right-rear foot due to an injury from more than a decade ago. While it’s unclear if the ongoing treatment of her foot is connected to the GI problems that led to her death, veterinarians said it’s possible.
“We will not know for certain until the lab results come back if there is a connection between Kip’s GI issues and her foot,”Dr. Crook said. “But antibiotics and pain meds can be hard on the GI tract.”
Kip came to Hogle Zoo in 2005 from the Brookfield Zoo. She was a three-time mother.
Holly Peterson, who cared for Kip for 14 years, said the animal was “part of my family” and a calm influence on the new giraffes.
“She also loved to be the center of attention,” Peterson added. “She’d find ways to get our attention, like pick up our rakes. She figured out she’d get a treat if she gave them back.”
SALT LAKE CITY — From May 24 to September 30, Utah’s Hogle Zoo will host an art exhibit unlike any other.
Visitors will see 15 giant sculptures scattered around the zoo representing beloved and sometimes feared animals, from penguins to sharks.
But it’s the stuff those animals are made of: human creations of plastic and rubber and metal that make “Washed Ashore” more than an exhibit. They come with a message: those materials we toss out are threatening the animals the art depicts.
Utah’s Hogle Zoo gave Fox 13 a sneak preview of the sculptures.
SALT LAKE CITY – Jilin, an Amur leopard at Utah’s Hogle Zoo turned 1-year-old Thursday, according to the zoo’s Facebook page.
Amur leopards are critically endangered, according to the zoo, and Jilin is with her mother in the Asian Highlands exhibit as part of its conservation efforts to save leopards in the wild.
The World Wildlife Foundation says Amur leopards can weigh between 70-to-105 pounds and leap more than 19 feet horizontally. Currently, their wildlife population is more than 84 individuals and they can live up to 20 years in captivity.