Primate Freedom: Giraffes in Wisconsin

Keeping giraffes in Wisconsin is like forcing a polar bear to live in Amazonia; problems are inevitable.

In Wisconsin, famous for it’s long bitter winters, animals adapted to the tropics are kept indoors during the long cold spells. Forcing animals who are obviously designed for walking to stand in place for days, weeks, and even months at a time is matter-of-factly cruel and inhumane.

A few years ago, giraffes at the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wisconin, were killed when it was determined that their chronic joint disease was untreatable. Killing them was the “humane” thing to do.

Giraffe Dies at the Henry Vilas Zoo
WEAU 13 NEWS
Eau Claire, WI
Nov 17, 2006

A second giraffe has died in less than a month at the Henry Villas Zoo in Madison, a victim of a degenerative bone and joint disease that officials say afflicted his entire family.

The 7-year-old giraffe named Raymond Junior, or RJ, was euthanized Tuesday after severely rupturing his hip joint, making him unable to stand.

His 12 year-old father Raymond had been euthanized under similar circumstances a month ago. It was predictable and to be expected. Now there are more giraffes at the Vilas Zoo. Their joints are probably corroding away from inactivity even as I write this. They’ll be “humanely” killed and new ones will be acquired at some point. Now this:

Two giraffes die in barn fire at Wisconsins Dells park
Wisconsin State Journal
12-1-2012

WISCONSIN DELLS — A fire Sunday night destroyed a barn and killed two 4-year-old giraffes at the Timbavati Wildlife Park on Wisconsin Dells Parkway.

Kilbourn Fire Chief Scott Walsh said the fire was not suspicious but is under investigation by Wisconsin Dells Police.

Walsh said nothing was left of the barn that housed the two giraffes. The animals had been shut in the barn, he said, and no one was there when the fire started to open doors to get them out.

Giraffes don’t belong in a barn anymore than an eagle belongs in a aquarium.

Primate Freedom: Giraffes in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Dells Wildlife Park Fire Kills 2 Giraffes: Chicagoist

Park owner Mark Schoebel sees animals as objects which can be replaced rather than as individual beings:

“Giraffes are a signature animal for us, and we will be looking for giraffes to replace them,” Schoebel said. “It’s a little bit early yet. We don’t know exactly yet how we’re going to handle it all, but you know they were great animals. It’s a horrible thing to lose,” he said.

This is someone who is not a friend to animals. See 911 Animals Abuse.

Sad news from Wisconsin Dells, where two giraffes were killed in a fire at a wildlife park that was closed for the season.

The two 5-year-old giraffes were housed in an enclosure at the Timbavati Wildlife Park when someone called 911 around 6 p.m. on Dec. 30 to report a fire. The fire wound up engulfing the enclosure completely.

The Wisconsin Dells Police Department released a statement:

On Sunday, December 30, 2012 at approximately 5:57 p.m. the Wisconsin Dells Police Department received a 911 call reporting a fire. The caller reported a building burning at the Timbavati Wildlife Park, located at 2220 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Wisconsin Dells.The Kilbourn Fire Department was dispatched and arrived to find the Giraffe enclosure building fully engulfed. The Lake Delton Fire Department assisted. Two four-year-old male giraffes died in the fire. The building was destroyed.

Police are investigating the cause of the fire, but don’t believe arson is involved at this time. Timbavati Wildlife Park’s Facebook page lists feeding the giraffes was one of the park’s main attractions.

Wisconsin Dells Wildlife Park Fire Kills 2 Giraffes: Chicagoist.

Two giraffes die in barn fire at Wisconsin Dells Park – Wisconsin State Journal