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    On their Facebook, April 10th, the Dallas Zoo posted this:

    REMEMBERING KWANINI: We're saying goodbye to a sweet old gal who lived an incredibly long life! Kwanini recently passed away from age-related issues at 29 years old, making her the second-oldest okapi in The Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Pretty amazing, huh?

    Kwanini has been with us since her birth in 1990 and during that time she's given birth to 7 healthy calves. It is extremely rare to have 7 births in an okapi's lifetime, and each one of her calves taught us so much about this elusive and critically endangered species. Her care team says that Kwanini was absolutely the best mother they've ever seen. She was always loving, patient and attentive to her calves, and she was equally as gentle with her caregivers as well. She would often "groom" her keepers, especially throughout her geriatric years when she required special care.

    Kwanini was a matriarch and a very important animal who helped us protect her species from extinction. She will be dearly missed. (Learn more about our long history to save beloved okapi: bit.ly/2QUxzSW)
     
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    Her name was Why? Kind of a weird choice.
     
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    The cheetahs and mandrills will be relocated to other areas of the zoo, and a new species will live in the former cheetah habitat.

    Dallas Zoo on Twitter
     
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    Interesting. I'd guess african wild dogs? They'll have to change the carnivore show, too.
     
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    What about spotted hyenas? The mandrills (two males, the female was sent to another zoo) will now be in Primate Place in Zoo North. The cheetahs will now be in the former mandrill habitat.

    It also said on their Facebook that they sent their American alligators to the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Illinois. In their place are now a pair of false gharials. The Bayou area will also house more endangered Asian reptiles in the future.
     
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    What's even more remakable is that Adhama sired this calf only a month before his death! What a lovely legacy to leave.
     
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    In addition to the baby hippo the Dallas Zoo also announced that a new male hippo will join the duo this fall.
     
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    Having seen a hippo calf underwater at San Diego Zoo, I can testify it is one of the cutest sights in the animal kingdom. (I mean not as cute as a wild cat baby, but still...). If you are in the area make a point to see it.
     
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    If only I could make it to Dallas right now. It's kinda disheartening that none of the zoos here in Arizona have hippos right now.
     
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    Dallas Zoo just posted on their Facebook:

    We are devastated to share that our one-year-old giraffe Witten passed away this morning. He was receiving a routine physical exam under anesthesia when he suddenly stopped breathing. An urgent attempt was made to resuscitate him, without success. Our expert veterinary staff and giraffe zoologists have performed these physical exams many times in the past without incident, but for humans and animals alike, there is always a risk associated with anesthesia and some animals react differently.

    Witten captured all of our hearts with his outgoing, lovable personality and will be deeply missed. Hoofstock animals, like giraffe, are incredibly resilient and move on quickly, as they would in the wild. But we are keeping a close eye on our herd. As you can imagine, our zoologists are very close to the animals they care for and are heartbroken. Please send love to them in the comments below.