Beloved Iowa Zoo Animal Moves to West Coast
Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines is about to say goodbye to Raza! According to social media, the nearly 2-year-old giraffe will be moving to a new zoo next week.
Returning on January 18, 2021, Raza was born at Blank Park Zoo to parents Skye and Jakobi. 36 hours after he was born, it was determined that he was six feet tall and weighed 125 pounds! The name Raza, which means “hope”, was chosen by online voters.
Raza is moved on the recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Giraffe Species Survival Plan. Animal Leader Jay Tetzloff said:
“There are several important reasons for Raza to move now. Firstly, in natural areas, a male giraffe usually leaves his mother around this age. Secondly, it is much less stressful for everyone to move a giraffe before Finally, fall or spring are the best seasons to move an animal depending on weather and temperature conditions.
According to Blank Park Zoo, Raza’s last day at the zoo will be Tuesday, October 25. It will then be moved to a zoo near the west coast via a trailer with a resizable roof. He will be missed by zookeepers and zoo visitors alike!
On the bright side, Blank Park Zoo just welcomed another baby giraffe last month! Bakari was born to Jakobi and Zola on September 9, weighing 107 pounds and standing five-foot-five. Bakari means “hopeful and promising”. You can see it now in the Jamaa Kwa Africa Habitat.