Spock, a 22-year-old giraffe at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, has died. | Jacksonville Zoo and GardensSpock, a 22-year-old giraffe at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, has died. | Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Jacksonville Zoo’s geriatric giraffe has died

Published on February 13, 2024 at 10:52 am

Spock, a 22-year-old giraffe at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, has died.

Zoo officials said that Spock, a reticulated giraffe, was euthanized after her animal care team had monitored her for age-related issues including advanced arthritis.

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Born in 2001, Spock was a second-generation descendant of one of the Zoo’s founding female giraffe. Over the course of her life, she never had any offspring of her own. But she became the zoo’s honorary aunt to 22 calves birthed by other giraffes.

“She was a gentle, intelligent giraffe with a larger-than-life personality,” a zoo statement said.

Spock had received a variety of treatments including medication, laser therapy and a private bedded stall at night, zoo officials say.

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The giraffe was not the only zoo death this week.

Sam, the Jacksonville Zoo’s male greater kudus. | Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Sam, a male greater kudus, passed away three days ago due to age-related challenges. Sam arrived at the zoo in 2015, officials said.

Sam sired six offspring and five grandchildren. Three of them, Daffodil, Potter and Neville, live with their mother, Trixie, zoo officials said.


author image Reporter, WJCT News 89.9 Dan Scanlan is a veteran journalist with almost 40 years of experience in radio, television, and print reporting. He has worked at various stations in the Northeast and Jacksonville. Prior to joining the WJCT News team, Dan spent 34 years at The Florida Times-Union as a police and current affairs reporter.
author image Reporter, WJCT News 89.9 Dan Scanlan is a veteran journalist with almost 40 years of experience in radio, television, and print reporting. He has worked at various stations in the Northeast and Jacksonville. Prior to joining the WJCT News team, Dan spent 34 years at The Florida Times-Union as a police and current affairs reporter.