- Associated Press - Saturday, June 18, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Minot’s Roosevelt Zoo is doing its part to raise awareness and money for the longest-necked animal on earth.

The Minot Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1UUFGf9 ) the zoo participated in World Giraffe Day on Saturday, allowing people to interact and feed lettuce and approved tree leaves to the zoo’s giraffes.

Money from the event will be donated to a group that supports giraffe conservation. Officials say only 90,000 giraffes remain in the wild and their numbers have declined in recent years due to poaching and loss of habitat.

The Minot zoo has three giraffes. The zoo acquired Kianga and her breeding mate, Mashama, several years ago.

Kianga and Mashama are about 16 years old and have had six calves together at the zoo.

The latest addition is 6-month-old Mokolo.


Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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