Mosi, one of four male giraffes at the El Paso Zoo will be heading to his new home in Glen Rose, Texas Friday, April 25.
"Mosi is a favorite of Zoo Keepers in the Africa section of the Zoo and will be missed. However, he will now be living with a group of females which should make him quite happy," said Dee Nelson, Collections Supervisor.
Mosi will be on exhibit at the El Paso Zoo for the community to say goodbye until Thursday, April 24.
Mosi's transfer to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Green Species Survival Plan (SSP). The SSP's mission is to cooperatively manage specific, and typically threatened or endangered species. Species such as the Reticulated-Rothschild giraffes are part of the Green SSP program. This program is for species whose populations are currently sustainable for the long term.
"The reticulated subspecies is down to less than 5,000 from an estimated population of 28,000 in 1998. As a result, many consider them to be near threatened and, if the trend continues, endangered status will not be far behind," said Rick LoBello, El Paso Zoo Education Curator.