Sad news about Kubwa

We have some news to share about our male giraffe, Kubwa, who sadly passed away yesterday.

Following consultations with the zoo’s veterinary team, the decision was made to put the 22-year-old to sleep after a deterioration of his health following treatment for a long-term condition.
Kubwa had been at DZC for almost 13 years and was one of the oldest male giraffes in a UK zoo collection and everyone at DZC is understandably saddened at the loss of one of the site’s biggest characters.
He was also well-loved by visitors and was one of our most adopted animals, with all his current adopters notified of the news by post.
Born in the Netherlands in 2000, Kubwa joined us from a collection in Cumbria as part of an international breeding programme and during his time here he sired four offspring.
His two surviving calves, three-year-old daughter, Kira, remains here at DZC with her mum, Josie, while eight-year-old Kito, who relocated to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol in 2018, has gone on to sire his own offspring.