KNOXVILLE, TN – Aug. 30, 2019 – Zoo Knoxville’s newest baby giraffe has officially been named “Bea.”
The little giraffe was named by Natalie and Jim Haslam, and is a playful nod to Mr. Haslam’s nickname for Mrs. Haslam, whom he affectionately calls “Big Girl.” Zoo Knoxville invited the Haslams to name the new baby because of their love of giraffes and their commitment to giraffe conservation at Zoo Knoxville over the years.
Bea is the first giraffe birth at Zoo Knoxville in 17 years. This is also the first offspring for four-year-old mom Frances and 16-year-old dad Jumbe (pronounced JOOM-bay). The two were paired on the recommendation of the Giraffe Species Survival Plan, a collaboration of zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums working to save giraffes from extinction.
The population of wild giraffes has declined dramatically over the last few years, and now there are fewer than 100,000 giraffe left in Africa. They are threatened by habitat loss, competition with growing human populations and being hunted for bushmeat. With a recent 40% decrease in their populations, giraffe are now critically endangered, and this little giraffe is an important ambassador for her species.
For more information, visit www.zooknoxville.org.
About Zoo Knoxville
Zoo Knoxville is a nonprofit entity situated on 53 wooded acres just east of downtown Knoxville. Zoo Knoxville features exhibits of wild animals in natural habitats and is world renowned for its efforts in conservation and species survival. Zoo Knoxville is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education. Knoxville’s largest attraction, the zoo is open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Currently, the zoo is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. For more information, visit www.zooknoxville.org.
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