Zoo In Copenhagen Kills Giraffe Claiming Surplus, To Prohibit Inbreeding, Feeds To Lion, Then Stunned By Worldwide Outrage, Highlight Hollywood News
Stenbaek Bro said the zoo, which now has seven giraffes left, was recommended to put down Marius by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria because there were already a lot of giraffes with similar genes in the organization’s breeding program. The Amsterdam-based EAZA has 347 members, including many large zoos in European capitals, and works to conserve global biodiversity and to achieve the highest standards of care and breeding for animals.
Stenbaek Bro said EAZA membership isn’t mandatory, but most responsible zoos are members of the organization. Stenbaek Bro said Copenhagen Zoo turned down an offer from a private individual who wanted to buy Marius for $680,000. Stenbaek Bro said a significant part of EAZA membership is that the zoos don’t own the animals themselves, but govern them, and therefore can’t sell them to anyone outside the organization that don’t follow the same set of rules.
He said that is important for the breeding programs to work. hen asked if other zoos had offered to take in Marius, the spokesman said yes but didn’t specify numbers or which ones. he zoo’s scientific director Bengt Holst said the giraffe breeding program is similar to those used in deer parks, where red deer and fallow deer are culled to keep populations healthy.
“The most important factor must be that the animals are healthy physically and behaviorally and that they have a good life while they are living whether this life is long or short. This is something that Copenhagen Zoo believes strongly in,” he said in a statement.