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  1. IndianRhino

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    The purpose of this thread is to document the births, deaths, and transfers of Masai giraffe in North America. This is sort of like a finished product of a thread @Jaxton created a couple years ago and I'd also like to thank @EsserWarrior for your help! It should be noted that there are a couple private holders of this species such as Safari Enterprises and Timbavati Wildlife Park that I couldn't find any information for, so I have omitted them from this list. Safari Enterprises, which is ran by a man named Larry Johnson, is mostly known for taking in excess bachelor males from the SSP population. A number of San Diego born males have been transferred there and I think they are sent to different private holders from there. Anyway, excluding the individuals at those facilities, there are currently around 146 (64.82) Masai giraffes at 38 facilities. Eight (3.5) surviving calves have been born in 2021 so far: 0.1 Eleanor and 0.1 Mawe at SDZ, 0.1 Tiana at Virginia, 1.0 Zeke at Cameron Park, 0.1 Providence at Greenville, 1.0 Humphrey at DAK, 1.0 JD at The Wilds, and 0.1 Alika at Franklin Park. There are also 3 confirmed pregnancies in the population, 0.1 Adia and 0.1 Audrey at Santa Barbara are due in January and July 2022 respectively while 0.1 Mstari at Toronto is due in early 2022. The population is doing well but no where near as good as the generic giraffe SSP so there is definitely a push to grow this population out. And as always, please let me know if I've made any errors, if you have any information I'm missing, or if you know more about the private holders. Enjoy! :)


    Brevard Zoo - 6.3 (9)

    1.0 Rafiki (Kito x Asali) July 26th, 1998 at Los Angeles Zoo
    1.0 Greg (Rafiki x Milenna) March 7th, 2016 at Brevard Zoo
    1.0 Floyd (Rafiki x Johari) April 25th, 2017 at Brevard Zoo
    1.0 Sprinkle (Rafiki x Milenna) March 17th, 2018 at Brevard Zoo
    1.0 TBD (Rafiki x Milenna) September 27th, 2019 at Brevard Zoo
    1.0 TBD (Rafiki x Johari) March 29th, 2020 at Brevard Zoo
    0.1 Johari (Silver x Abby)January 19th, 2000 at San Diego Zoo
    0.1 Milenna (Silver x Abby) November 27th, 2001 at San Diego Zoo
    0.1 Kumi (Silver x Bahati) December 22nd, 2013 at San Diego Zoo

    Calgary Zoo - 1.1 (2)

    1.0 Nabo (Walker x Mariah) January 11th, 2010 at Louisville Zoo
    0.1 Emara (Ahidi x Genny) May 18th, 2011 at Safari West

    Cameron Park Zoo - 2.1 (3)

    1.0 Dane (Michael x Audrey) April 18th, 2013 at Santa Barbara Zoo
    1.0 Zeke (Dane x Penelope) January 22nd, 2021 at Cameron Park Zoo
    0.1 Penelope (Silver x Nicky) May 9th, 2013 at San Diego Zoo

    Central Florida Zoo - 1.0 (1)

    1.0 Gage (Rafiki x Johari) February 6th, 2013 at Brevard Zoo

    Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden - 2.3 (5)

    1.0 Fennessy (Kimba x Tessa) June 17th, 2019 at Cincinnati Zoo
    1.0 Theo (Kimba x Cece) November 23rd, 2019 at Cincinnati Zoo
    0.1 Tessa (Kiva x Tyra) August 8th, 2006 at Houston Zoo
    0.1 Cece (Murphy x Mahali) February 1st, 2011 at Kansas City Zoo
    0.1 Zoey (Kimba x Digi) September 13th, 2016 at Cincinnati Zoo

    Cleveland Metroparks Zoo - 4.2 (6)

    1.0 Bocephus (Mulberry x Malaika) July 26th, 2004 at Louisville Zoo
    1.0 Zawadi (Travis x Jhasmin) August 6th, 2017 at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
    1.0 Kidogo (Bocephus x Jada) April 15th, 2019 at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
    1.0 Kendi (Bocephus x Jhasmin) October 13th, 2020 at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
    0.1 Jhasmin (Walker x Nova) December 7th, 2005 at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
    0.1 Jada (Walker x Bridgit) January 7th, 2007 at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

    Columbus Zoo & Aquarium - 1.5 (6)

    1.0 Ralph (Enzi x Zuri) June 28th, 2020 at Columbus Zoo
    0.1 Jana (Rema x Griff) January 18th, 2001 at Smithsonian National Zoo
    0.1 Zuri (Rafiki x Twiga) April 7th, 2010 at Ellen Trout Zoo
    0.1 Digi (Walker x Mariah) June 20th, 2011 at Louisville Zoo
    0.1 Schaefer (Enzi x Jana) August 26th, 2020 at Columbus Zoo
    0.1 Sammie (Enzi x Digi) December 9th, 2020 at Columbus Zoo

    Disney’s Animal Kingdom - 3.9 (12)

    1.0 George (Murphy x Mahali) March 15th, 2014 at Kansas City Zoo
    1.0 Jabari (George x Mara) January 14th, 2019 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    1.0 Humphrey (George x Lily) June 10th, 2021 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    0.1 Stephanie (Rafiki x Johari) March 11th, 2008 at Brevard Zoo
    0.1 Lily (Walker x Malinda) September 18th, 2008 at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
    0.1 Kenya (Griffin x Sukari ) December 22nd, 2008 at Roger Williams Park Zoo
    0.1 Willow (Billy x Imara) October 21st, 2009 at Virginia Zoo
    0.1 Mara (Hamisi x Kenya) May 20th, 2015 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    0.1 Aella (George x Lily) June 29th, 2018 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    0.1 Acacia (George x Stephanie) March 30th, 2019 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    0.1 Maple (George x Mara) September 22nd, 2020 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    0.1 Zella (George x Willow) October 20th, 2020 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

    Ellen Trout Zoo - 1.1 (2)

    1.0 Kellen (Billy x Imara) June 6th, 2013 at Virginia Zoo
    0.1 Twiga (Kito x Asali) October 1st, 1991 at Los Angeles Zoo

    Franklin Park Zoo - 1.2 (3)

    1.0 Chad (Michael x Audrey) March 26th, 2016 at Santa Barbara Zoo
    0.1 Amari (Beau x Jana) July 24th, 2016 at Franklin Park Zoo
    0.1 Alika (Chad x Amari) September 22nd, 2021 at Franklin Park Zoo

    Fresno Chaffee Zoo - 1.3 (4)

    1.0 Fenny (Raha x Savannah) August 7th, 2017 at The Wilds
    0.1 Betty Lou (Silver x Bahati) August 2nd, 2007 at San Diego Zoo
    0.1 Siku (Miguu x Sunshine) September 12th, 2017 at Phoenix Zoo
    0.1 Kiden (Miles x Autumn) January 31st, 2018 at Greenville Zoo

    Greenville Zoo - 1.2 (3)

    1.0 Miles (Kiva x Noel) January 30th, 2009 at Houston Zoo
    0.1 Autumn (Beau x Jana) January 7th, 2006 at Franklin Park Zoo
    0.1 Providence (Miles x Autumn) February 21st, 2021 at Greenville Zoo

    Houston Zoo - 2.3 (5)

    1.0 Joshua (Billy x Imara) July 23rd, 2015 at Virginia Zoo
    1.0 Bobbie (Joshua x Kamili) September 30th, 2019 at Houston Zoo
    0.1 Asali (Kiva x Tyra) March 4th, 2011 at Houston Zoo
    0.1 Kamili (Mtembei x Noel) August 3rd, 2014 at Houston Zoo
    0.1 Gigi (Mtembei x Asali) August 31st, 2015 at Houston Zoo

    Kansas City Zoo - 0.3 (3)

    0.1 Mahali (Kito x Neema) June 25th, 1994 at Los Angeles Zoo
    0.1 Makali (Silver x Harriet) June 6th, 2012 at San Diego Zoo
    0.1 Chandy (Hamisi x Lizzie) September 3rd, 2019 at Kansas City Zoo

    Lehigh Valley Zoo - 1.0 (1)

    1.0 Tatu (Walter x Autumn) February 2nd, 2016 at Greenville Zoo

    Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens - 2.2 (4)

    1.0 Philip (Raha x Savannah) January 11th, 2012 at The Wilds
    1.0 James (Philip x Zainabu) October 2020 at Los Angeles Zoo
    0.1 Zainabu (Rafiki x Johari) August 27th, 2011 at Brevard Zoo
    0.1 Sofie (Artemis x Hasina) April 22nd, 2013 at Los Angeles Zoo

    Louisville Zoo - 1.1 (2)

    1.0 Baridi (Hodari x Genny) December 18th, 2015 at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
    0.1 Kianga (Philip x Hasina) November 9th, 2016 at Los Angeles Zoo

    Metro Richmond Zoo - 1.0 (1)

    1.0 Melvin (Rafiki x Johari) March 15th, 2006 at Brevard Zoo

    Micanopy Zoological Preserve - 4.0 (4)

    1.0 Joey (Rafiki x Johari) March 10th, 2010 at Brevard Zoo
    1.0 Oliver (Walker x Malaika) July 21st, 2010 at Louisville Zoo
    1.0 Rafeano (Rafiki x Milenna) April 11th, 2011 at Brevard Zoo
    1.0 Silvester (Walker x Malaika) June 27th, 2012 at Louisville Zoo

    Nashville Zoo - 1.4 (5)

    1.0 Rowan (Raha x Savannah) August 30th, 2019 at The Wilds
    0.1 Nasha (Kimba x Tessa) April 28th, 2014 at Cincinnati Zoo
    0.1 Tazama (Enzi or Hodari x Gasira) July 2nd, 2017 at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
    0.1 Amira (George x Kenya) October 1st, 2018 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    0.1 Violet (George x Willow) February 11th, 2019 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

    Oregon Zoo - 1.0 (1)

    1.0 Buttercup (Michael x Audrey) November 13th, 2014 at Santa Barbara Zoo

    Phoenix Zoo - 1.4 (5)

    1.0 Miguu (Artemis x Neema) April 5th, 2009 at Los Angeles Zoo
    0.1 Imara (Silver x Bahati) March 22nd, 2011 at San Diego Zoo
    0.1 Sunshine (Michael x Audrey) April 28th, 2013 at Santa Barbara Zoo
    0.1 Rafiki (Miguu x Imara) June 26th, 2018 at Phoenix Zoo
    0.1 Moshi (Miguu x Sunshine) March 22nd, 2019 at Phoenix Zoo

    Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium - 1.0 (1)

    1.0 Lewis (Artemis x Asali) August 17th, 2006 at Los Angeles Zoo

    Potawatomi Zoo - 4.0 (4)

    1.0 Seymor (Hamisi x Stephanie) October 23rd, 2016 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    1.0 Maximus (Hamisi x Kenya) December 7th, 2016 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    1.0 Wyatt (Hamisi x Willow) December 11th, 2016 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    1.0 Kellan (Miles x Autumn) June 30th, 2019 at Greenville Zoo

    Racine Zoo - 2.0 (2)

    1.0 Mac (Walker x Bridgit) August 11th, 2005 at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
    1.0 Jabari (Travis x Grace) September 5th, 2014 at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

    Roger Williams Park Zoo - 1.2 (3)

    1.0 Jaffa (Griffin x Sukari) July 9th, 2010 at Roger Williams Park Zoo
    0.1 Sukari (Artemis x Asali) February 27th, 1993 at Los Angeles Zoo
    0.1 Cora (Kimba x Cece)July 27th, 2016 at Cincinnati Zoo

    Sacramento Zoo - 1.3 (4)

    1.0 Chifu (Silver x Nicky) December 1st, 2009 at San Diego Zoo
    0.1 Shani (Artemis x Neema) August 30th, 2010 at Los Angeles Zoo
    0.1 Amirah (Michael x Audrey) March 14th, 2018 at Santa Barbara Zoo
    0.1 Glory (Chifu x Shani) September 20th, 2020 at Sacramento Zoo

    Safari West - 0.1 (1)

    0.1 Jamala (Kito x Neema) August 30th, 1997 at Los Angeles Zoo

    San Diego Zoo - 0.6 (6)

    0.1 Harriet (Artemis x Neema) November 16th, 2007 at Los Angeles Zoo
    0.1 Domibella (Silver x Bahati) May 19th, 2015 at San Diego Zoo
    0.1 Saba (Philip x Zainabu) July 11th, 2017 at Los Angeles Zoo
    0.1 Carol (Fred x Domibella) May 19th, 2019 at San Diego Zoo
    0.1 Eleanor (Fred x Harriet) January 30th, 2021 at San Diego Zoo
    0.1 Mawe (Fred x Saba) November 29th, 2021 at San Diego Zoo

    San Diego Zoo Safari Park - 1.5 (6)

    1.0 Gowan (Hodari x Genny) July 31st, 2014 at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
    0.1 Gasira (Ahidi x Genny) October 1st, 2004 at Mountain View Conservation and Breeding Center
    0.1 Zindzhi (Mtembei x Tyra) April 10th, 2017 at Houston Zoo
    0.1 Mara (Mtembei x Asali) April 24th, 2017 at Houston Zoo
    0.1 Setchan (Philip x Hasina) October 5th, 2019 at Los Angeles Zoo
    0.1 TBD (Gowan x UNK) 2020 at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    Santa Barbara Zoo - 2.2 (4)

    1.0 Michael (Stripes x Twiga) August 24th, 2006 at Toronto Zoo
    1.0 Twiga (Michael x Adia) March 27th, 2020 at Santa Barbara Zoo
    0.1 Audrey (Artemis x Asali) February 6th, 2008 at Los Angeles Zoo - pregnant!
    0.1 Adia (Travis x Jhasmin) June 22nd, 2014 at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo - pregnant!

    Seneca Park Zoo - 1.2 (3)

    1.0 Parker (Michael x Audrey) August 6th, 2016 at Santa Barbara Zoo
    0.1 Kipenzi (Trevor x Elli) April 3rd, 2017 at Toledo Zoo
    0.1 Iggy (Billy x Imara)June 4th, 2017 at Virginia Zoo

    The Wilds - 3.3 (6)

    1.0 Raha (Artemis x Neema) April 4th, 2006 at Los Angeles Zoo
    1.0 Gavin (Raha x Lulu) August 4th, 2020 at The Wilds
    1.0 JD (Raha x Savannah) September 8th, 2021 at The Wilds
    0.1 Savannah (Walker x Nova) August 6th, 2003 at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
    0.1 Lulu (Kimba x Tessa) October 12th, 2012 at Cincinnati Zoo
    0.1 Willow (Rafiki x Johari) November 29th, 2015 at Brevard Zoo

    Toledo Zoo - 0.3 (3)

    0.1 Michelle (Kito x Asali) April 22nd, 2001 at Los Angeles Zoo
    0.1 Elli (Walker x Bridgit) October 31st, 2003 at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
    0.1 Tuli (Mowgli x Elli) July 23rd, 2011 at Toledo Zoo

    Toronto Zoo - 1.2 (3)

    1.0 Kiko (Walter x Autumn) October 22nd, 2012 at Greenville Zoo
    0.1 Mstari (Stripes x Twiga) October 17th, 2013 at Toronto Zoo - pregnant!
    0.1 Amani (Kiko x Mstari) May 12th, 2020 at Toronto Zoo

    Turtle Back Zoo - 6.0 (6)

    1.0 Robert (Silver x Bahati) August 8th, 2012 at San Diego Zoo
    1.0 Lincoln (Hamisi x Willow) March 12th, 2015 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    1.0 Milo (Hamisi x Stephanie) April 13th, 2015 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    1.0 Kamau (Hodari x Gasira) July 19th, 2014 at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
    1.0 Sherehe (Hodari x Gasira) December 28th, 2015 at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
    1.0 Rocket (Chifu x Shani) April 10th, 2016 at Sacramento Zoo

    Virginia Zoo - 2.4 (6)

    1.0 Billy (Walker x Nova) July 6th, 2001 at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
    1.0 Teddy-Acacia (Billy x Noelle) May 26th, 2020 at Virginia Zoo
    0.1 Imara (Griffin x Sukari) April 4th, 2002 at Roger Williams Park Zoo
    0.1 Noelle (Rafiki x Milenna) February 19th, 2013 at Brevard Zoo
    0.1 Kylie (Billy x Imara) May 20th, 2019 at Virginia Zoo
    0.1 Tiana (Billy x Imara) January 11th, 2021 at Virginia Zoo

    Zoo Tampa - 1.0 (1)

    1.0 Sekani (Tufani x Jamala) September 3rd, 2008 at Safari West
     
  2. birdsandbats

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    Timbavati Wildlife Park also keeps Masai Giraffe.
     
  3. IndianRhino

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    Yes, I know. I addressed that at the top of the list:
    Please let me know if you have any information about their herd though! :)
     
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    You could always contact those facilites.
     
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    In my experience of making these lists, I've learned that private holders almost never respond back with information on their animals. It's definitely worth a try though.
     
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    Carol is no longer at the San Diego Zoo. I'm not certain where she went, but suspect it may have been a private facility.
     
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    Ok thanks for letting me know! Do you know when she left? When the zoo announced Mawe's birth they stated they had 6 giraffes so I had assumed Carol was still there. I'm guessing she left prior to Mawe's birth meaning Nicky would be their sixth giraffe, I had assumed she had passed away.
     
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    I can't remember when it was that she left.
     
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    I'm glad that you finished the list!

    I know someone from Timbavati, so I could try and find out some information!
     
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    That would be great if you could! :)
     
  11. Neil chace

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    I thought Roger Williams was down to just two giraffes? At least on my most recent trip I only saw two, and it's kinda hard for a Giraffe to hide. Do they still have three or are they down to two? @Nicholas LionRider
     
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    As recently as August 2021 they have 3 (according to this video)

     
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    Okay. Maybe one was just off-exhibit for the day when I visited in November.
     
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    1.0 Bocephus at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo passed away in June - Here
    0.1 Rafiki at the Phoenix Zoo moved to ZooTampa at Lowry Park in February - Here
     
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    They have 3 they have the big 11 year old male Jaffa, his mother Sukari who is very old now (she's the pale one with faded spots). And Kora who is the 5 year old female and mate for Jaffa. The zoo has begun breeding attempts and is hoping for a giraffe calf in the next year or two.

    You'll often find the two females together in the main yard with Jaffa behind the fence closest to the Elephant House. Occasionally they will rotate them so the girls get the smaller yard with Jaffa in the main yard, and periodically Jaffa+Kora together during breeding attempts.
     
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    So one must have been off exhibit during my visit. It was a rather cold day, and I saw two giraffes inside the pavilion and none outside.
     
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    A male calf was born to 0.1 Noelle and 1.0 Billy at Virginia Zoo on December 28th! The zoo also announced that the calf's half-sisters 0.1 Kylie and 0.1 Tiana will be leaving the zoo next year and moving to another zoo in Florida. It looks like Noelle's 2020 calf 1.0 Teddy-Acacia is no longer at the zoo either, but I don't know where he is at.

    2021 Brings Another Giraffe Baby - Virginia Zoo
     
  18. Nicholas LionRider

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    I will admit I think Neil jinxed it. Saw Sukari yesterday at Roger Williams but unfortunately the zoo announced they euthanized her today leaving RWPZ with only two Masai now.
     
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    Oh no!
     
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    0.1 Kylie and 0.1 Tiana at the Virginia Zoo will be moving to ZooTampa at Lowry Park.