Bea Zoo Knoxville’s Popular Giraffe is About to Leave for a New Home

15-month-old Bea the giraffe is about to embark on the next phase of her life; she will be departing Zoo Knoxville soon to join a new herd where she will play an important role in the future of giraffe conservation.

The move is on the recommendation of the Giraffe Species Survival Plan, a collaborative partnership of zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) working to protect the world’s tallest land mammal.

Poaching and habitat destruction have had disastrous impacts on wild giraffe. Their populations have decreased by 40% over the last three decades, and they are now locally extinct in seven African countries.

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