Zoo mourns passing of elderly giraffe

GARDEN CITY, Kansas – The Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City is mourning the passing of a long time resident. Shingo, a 29 year-old reticulated giraffe, was euthanized by staff Wednesday due to his declining condition. The necropsy revealed signs of liver cancer and pancreatic abnormalities.

Shingo was born on March 14, 1986 and reached an age of 29 years, 4 months.  He was the oldest male reticulated giraffe ever in North America according to the species studbook. Shingo far exceeded the median life expectancy for male reticulated giraffes which is 11.7 years.

Shingo was born at the St. Louis Zoo and arrived at Lee Richardson Zoo when he was only 5 1/2 months old.  During his nearly 29 years in Garden City he sired five offspring.  A number of staff members have worked with Shingo during his years at the zoo, adjusting his care to meet his needs.

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