HOGLE ZOO MOURNS LOSS, LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO PUZZLING ZEBRA DEATHS

(Salt Lake City, UT) – Utah’s Hogle Zoo is saddened to announce the sudden loss of their two male Grevy’s zebras, Taji and Monty. While mourning these unexpected deaths, the Zoo has already launched an extensive investigation into the matter.

Early Tuesday morning, Hoofstock keepers discovered the first zebra (Taji) dead in his exhibit without any prior warning or signs of distress. A necropsy (animal autopsy) was performed that same day, where Hogle Zoo vet staff found no obvious cause of death. On Wednesday morning, the second zebra (Monty) was discovered inside his barn showing signs of distress. Hogle Zoo staff and vets immediately responded and began efforts to treat the zebra’s condition. After working tirelessly all day to save the second zebra, Zoo staff made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize him late Wednesday afternoon.

“We have already begun actively and intensively investigating this issue,” said Associate Director—Animal Health, Dr. Nancy Carpenter. “We will pursue every avenue for the answer to these sudden and puzzling deaths.” Hogle Zoo is already consulting with other experts in the field, and has also invited the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to participate in this in-depth investigation. The cause of these deaths may not be determined until toxicology and pathology results have been returned.

Taji and Monty thrived at Hogle Zoo for over a decade since they came to Utah in 1998 from Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas. The pair was always incredibly active and playful, and a favorite among Zoo guests and staff alike. Taji was born in 1995 and Monty was born in 1997.

About Grevy’s zebras: Grevy’s zebras are native to Africa from southern Ethiopia to northern Kenya. They are listed as endangered and are estimated to have declined by more than 50% over the past 18 years due to poaching, loss of habitat and competition for habitat from cattle.

Visit Hogle Zoo online at www.hoglezoo.org or for more information, contact Community Relations Coordinator Holly Braithwaite by email at hbraithwaite@hoglezoo.org or call (801) 584-1729.

About the Association of Zoos & Aquariums: Utah’s Hogle Zoo is one of only 221 institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).  Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.  AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information visit www.aza.org.

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