Thursday, July 23, 2015

Zoo gets new giraffe

The Jackson Zoo issued this press release and pictures:


Jackson, Miss.—The Jackson Zoo received an 11-month-old reticulated male giraffe on Tuesday. 
The 11-month-old giraffe, K.D. Knox comes to us from the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Tex., but was purchased from the Metro Zoo in Miami. K.D. Knox is named after Kevin Stump, CEO of Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency, and Davis Frye of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz; both are supporting donors that helped bring the giraffe to the Jackson Zoo. 

“We are pleased that our giraffe exhibit now numbers two again!” Zoo Director Beth Poff said, “The two males seem to be enjoying each other’s company.”

Knox is getting acquainted with 11-year-old resident giraffe, Casper. They are currently in adjourning enclosures, but will soon share the same exhibit space. Knox stands a little over seven feet tall, and looks quite small as he stands next to Casper towering several feet above him. 

Casper has been the only giraffe on exhibit at the Jackson Zoo since he lost his mate, Diamond, in late December. Casper has had several successful births and is well represented in the population, so he is not a chosen candidate to breed again. Bachelor herds are becoming quite common in zoos, and it is a normal occurrence for two male giraffes to share an exhibit. 

The reticulated giraffe is one of nine subspecies of giraffes. It is the most common breed that is found in American zoos. Male reticulated giraffes can range from 15-18 feet tall and weigh between 2,400-4,250 pounds.


Anonymous said...

I bet Casper was disappointed.

Anonymous said...

Feel sorry for the new giraffe. The Jackson Zoo is a postage stamp sized dump compared to the Miami Zoo.

Anonymous said...

The zoo isn't a dump. It's not as big as some, but it isn't a "dump." You internet badasses need something else to do with your time.

Anonymous said...

What's the over-under on how long the life span in Jacktown?

Anonymous said...

Bet Casper is glad he's not at the Copenhagen Zoo. As well as Knox. They shot the giraffe there cause it was "overrepresented."

Anonymous said...

“The two males seem to be enjoying each other’s company.”

This stuff writes itself.

(Honestly though, I feel bad for them both. I hope they don't get mugged or shot in Jackson.)

Anonymous said...

The Jackson Zoo is a dump and should be closed.

Anonymous said...

I wish the Jackson zoo would relocate. I wish there was some big area in North east Jackson, like a closed down golf course, that could be adapted.

Anonymous said...

"Yay, a giraffe!" said no one.

Anonymous said...

I'd bet none of the people who posted BS comments have been to the zoo in the last 10 years.

Anonymous said...

no problem if they want to get together per SCOTUS. or would it be a problem because of the age difference? Stanley Alexander would be on it in a heartbeat: giraffe stat rape.

Anonymous said...

I guess they have to have sun/moon-roofs on shipping containers, be it plane, train or automobile.

Funny I've never seen one going down the road.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I have and was aghast that the dump zoo is still open.

Anonymous said...

Gay giraffes. It happens in nature...

Anonymous said...

I'll admit it. I haven't been there in at least 10 years. Because I don't want to get my arse shot getting there or leaving.

Here's hoping the giraffe can keep his head low and avoid stray bullets.

The Topiary Cow said...

The Jackson Zoo is not a dump. They struggle because of lack of funding. The Zoo is heavily guarded and I feel safe going there, if more people visited perhaps they could afford better enclosures for the animals.

I do agree that it would be nice for the giraffes to have a larger space. Not sure why they can't use some other larger enclosure for them but it probably comes down to money.

No matter what, the giraffe is better off in the Jackson Zoo than being killed by poachers in Africa.

Must be the Wisdom of Cows said...

The giraffe was never in Africa. The Miami Zoo versus the Jackson Zoo is like moving from Bridgewater or some other fine upscale neighborhood to the heart of Ward 3.

Anonymous said...


I would think I'd be safe there too. But once you leave, you are in the ghetto. Where you get jacked, watch drug deals go down, duck your head to not get shot at, and try not to run over the meth addicted prostitutes/male trannies.

In other words, I wouldn't risk the life of my kids or grandkids to see a hot animal suffer in the southern heat.

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