Toledo Zoo Saddened by Death of Masai Giraffe

Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by: Shayla Moriarty | Category: Community Interest

TOLEDO, Ohio — The Toledo Zoo is sad to report that Bahati, a four-year-old female Masai giraffe, was humanely euthanized today due to rapidly declining health. Bahati was born at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere on December 13, 2013. She was loaned to Toledo Zoo on recommendation of the Giraffe Species Survival Plan in April of 2015. According to Zoo veterinary staff, approximately six months ago Bahati began drooling excessively and animal care staff noticed muscle wasting on one side of her face. As she was around the age when Masai giraffe cut teeth, the decision was made to monitor her condition and treat with anti-inflammatories and antibiotics. Until a month ago, Bahati remained stable, eating well and otherwise acting normally. In the last month, staff noticed significant weight loss, more drooling, severe swelling on the left side of her face, as well as loss of lip function and mobility. This rapid decline caused our vet staff to move forward with plans to immobilize Bahati and perform diagnostic tests. Unfortunately, the day before the scheduled procedure, Bahati’s condition became dire and the tough decision was made to humanely euthanize her. A necropsy will be performed to determine more specific causes. “While it is always difficult when an animal dies, it is particularly hard when the species is listed as vulnerable, like Masai giraffes. We are thankful for the tremendous care Bahati received from our keepers and veterinary staff. Our animals’ quality of life is our paramount concern and their care truly is a group effort, that encompasses our entire staff,” said the Zoo’s director of communication, Shayla Bell Moriarty. The rest of the Zoo’s Masai giraffe tower remains on exhibit, indoors, until the weather warms consistently.

Press Release Contact Name: Shayla Moriarty
Press Release Contact Email:
Press Release Contact Phone: 419-385-5721 ext. 2155
Organization Name: The Toledo Zoo