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Nashville Zoo Mourns Unexpected Loss of a Newborn Giraffe

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – The baby giraffe, so anxiously awaited by people around the world, died shortly after birth today after being stepped on by her mother. Nashville Zoo’s pregnant giraffe,

Nasha, went into labor under the watchful eyes of thousands of people tuning in through an online live feed of the event. Shortly into labor, complications developed.

Nasha was not progressing appropriately with her delivery and medical intervention was required. With the help of Dr. Matthew DeLisle from Tennessee Equine Hospital, the Zoo’s veterinary team was able to successfully deliver the calf.

Newborn Giraffe

Newborn Giraffe

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Nashville Zoo has Masai Giraffe pass away

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Nashville Zoo reports the loss of Margarita, a 14-year-old, female Masai giraffe, who died yesterday due to complications from arthritis. Nashville Zoo staff are mourning the loss.

“We are devastated to lose such a beautiful creature,” said Nashville Zoo President and CEO Rick Schwartz. “Margarita has been with us since we opened our Giraffe Savanna in 2006 and has birthed five calves as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Species Survival Plan®. My heart goes out to our giraffe care team who have looked after Margarita and her calves for the past 13 years.”

Nashville Zoo Mourns The Loss of Masai Giraffe. (Casey Gower)

Nashville Zoo Mourns The Loss of Masai Giraffe. (Casey Gower)

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Nashville Zoo introduces the Soaring Eagle zip line experience

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – See Nashville Zoo from a new perspective on Soaring Eagle, the Zoo’s newest zip line experience officially opening on Friday, March 18th. The two-seated thrill adventure takes riders on a tree-top trek to see giraffes, zebra, the downtown skyline and much more from 110 ft. in the air.

“Soaring Eagle is the latest design of zip line rides and unlike anything else in Nashville,” said Rick Schwartz, Nashville Zoo president. “We are excited to offer a completely different component to the Zoo visiting experience.”

See the Nashville Zoo from a different perspective on the Soaring Eagle. (Amiee Stubbs)

See the Nashville Zoo from a different perspective on the Soaring Eagle. (Amiee Stubbs)

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Nashville Zoo announces Giraffe Birth and Naming Contest

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Nashville Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a male Masai giraffe. The calf was born Thursday, July 9th, weighing 171 lbs. and standing 6 feet, 6 inches tall. He and mom Margarita are doing well in the Zoo’s state-of-the-art giraffe barn.

“While this is Margarita’s fourth calf, it is actually the first male born here at Nashville Zoo,” said Lanny Brown, mammal curator. “Masai giraffes are not very common at zoos, so his birth is great news for the captive population.”

The giraffe will make his public debut on Saturday, July 25th. At this time, the Zoo will also launch a naming contest that lets guests vote for their favorite of three options using a pair of old blue jeans.

Nashville Zoo Giraffe Calf. (Amiee Stubbs)

Nashville Zoo Giraffe Calf. (Amiee Stubbs)

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Nashville Zoo Offers Super Bowl Admission Deal Sunday, February 1st

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Before sitting down for the big game on Sunday, February 1st, head to Nashville Zoo for half-priced admission during Zooperbowl, the Zoo’s annual promotion on Super Bowl Sunday. Weather permitting, guests will get the opportunity to see giraffe Congo make his pick for the Super Bowl winner.

With less crowds and active animals, winter is a wonderful time to explore the Zoo. Many of the animals have acclimated to Nashville’s climate, and some species are often more active during cooler months.

Giraffe named Congo. (Amiee Stubbs)

Giraffe named Congo. (Amiee Stubbs)

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