One of the Peoria Zoo’s giraffes has a new home.
Finely, born at the zoo July 25, 2016, has been transferred to Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.
Zoo Director Yvonne Strode, in a news release, said juvenile giraffe Finely will be paired with an adult female providing non-breeding companionship for her while also providing “educational and inspirational opportunties” to Lincoln Park’s visitors.
“This move, as well as Finely’s birth, were recommended by the Giraffe Species Survival Plan,” Strode said. “While we were sad to see him leave, we know the transfer helps ensure a healthy giraffe population across the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.”
Strode said a professional team comprised of zoo staff and transporter accompanied Finely on his trip to Chicago May 11.
“We are excited for Finely to join us here in Chicago,” Lincoln Park Zoo Curator of Mammals Mike Murray is quoted in the Peoria Zoo’s news release. “Giraffes are a guest favorite here at the zoo and while it will take time, we are eager to introduce him to our female giraffe Etana and eventually the plains zebra that inhabit the savannah at Regenstein African Journey.”
Finely was the first successful giraffe birth at the Peoria Zoo.
Finely leaves behind parents Taji and Vivian, baby sister Zara, born in January, and an unrelated adult female, Emy.