Sad update: Agnes died on March 21st.
Such sad news. The Buffalo Zoo has announced that their giraffe, Agnes, is receiving end-of-life-care.
According to officials at the zoo, at age 24, Agnes suffers from advanced arthritis and other health issues that have not responded to treatment. They believe Agnes is in her final days.
Agnes was born at the Buffalo Zoo on August 8, 1994, and has been a resident her entire life. Agnes has contributed to increasing giraffe populations and has many generations of offspring, including Zuri who also resides at the Buffalo Zoo.
“Agnes has lived a long life and will leave an even longer legacy. It’s a testament to the exceptional work of our teams here at the Zoo that Agnes has lived well into her golden years. Agnes is deeply loved and well cared for here in Buffalo. She will be missed,” said Norah Fletchall, President and CEO.
According to National Geographic, life expectancy of a giraffe in the wild is around 25 years.