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Mesker Giraffe Dies at 29

Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden

Mesker Park Zoo is morning the loss of its oldest giraffe. 

Zoo officials say Kiah died at the age of 29 – well past the median life expectancy of 20 years for a female giraffe in human care.

On its Facebook page, the zoo said the giraffe was humanely euthanized due to age-related difficulties that were severely affecting her quality of life.

The zoo asked the community to help honor Kiah by posting pictures and memories.

Mesker noted giraffes have been a part of the zoo's family for decades and will continue to be a staple.

Currently, Clementine – a three-year-old giraffe -- occupies the habitat with Mesker’s two zebras.