Masai giraffe


A Devastating Loss in Destination Africa

May 19, 2023 | 1 minute read

19 May 2023 (Calgary) It is with truly heavy hearts that we share that our Masai giraffe, ‘Emara’, was found deceased in the African Savannah yard early this morning.

Having just celebrated her 12th birthday yesterday, Emara joined the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo family in 2016 and has been a treasured member of our tower since then. Losing any of the animals we love and care for is heartbreaking but it’s especially so when the passing is unexpected. Our Veterinary team won’t know her cause of death firmly until a necropsy is completed, and we’ll share more information when we know it.

Our Animal Care, Health & Welfare Team will be carefully monitoring ‘Nabo’ and ‘Moshi’ following the loss of their habitat mate. The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo’s giraffe tower is adored by staff, volunteers, members, donors, visitors and our online community from around the world. We know this loss will be felt by many, especially Emara’s dedicated caregivers. Please keep them in your thoughts on this very difficult day.

Masai giraffe

Masai giraffe ‘Emara’