The Northeastern Wisconsin Zoo said its beloved giraffe Hodari died on Sunday, following health complications.
In an announcement on the NEW Zoo's website, the zoo said Hodari had been under treatment for a gastrointestinal issue that progressed rapidly over the weekend. Veterinarians attended to him in his final hours, but he eventually passed away around noon Sunday.
"Female giraffe Zuri was nearby and appears to be dealing well with her loss," the announcement stated.
The NEW Zoo said Hodari was 15 years old. The average lifespan of a giraffe that survives their first year of life, according to the zoo, is about 13.4 years.
The Giraffe Feeding Experience will be closed on Monday, August 26th, to allow Zuri some time to adjust. Feedings will reopen tomorrow at regularly scheduled hours.
"Hodari formed strong bonds with the staff and volunteers who worked with him regularly," the website statement said. "He also had a talent for developing close relationships with the guests who visited him frequently. He will be greatly missed."