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A successful procedure for Abu

The Animal Care and Veterinary Teams at Zoo Atlanta are pleased to share that a significant veterinary procedure for 15-year-old giraffe Abu was successful. The teams continue to monitor the geriatric giraffe closely for any signs of complications.

Zoo Atlanta announced on May 17 that Abu, who is the oldest member of the Zoo’s giraffe herd, required an extensive procedure to slow the progression of his arthritis, which the teams had been treating with anti-inflammatory and analgesic medications and laser therapy. In partnership with Zoo Hoofstock Trim Program (ZHTP), an external professional team specializing in the hoof care of giraffes, and an anesthesiology team from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, the teams were able to complete the procedure on May 18. Two special therapeutic shoes (not dissimilar from those used in horses) were placed on Abu’s two front hooves to help stabilize the feet. Abu also received stem cell therapy, an innovative tool to help combat the arthritis.

The procedure required general anesthesia, which is risky for older individuals and is especially so for giraffes given their biology. Abu was up and walking shortly after the procedure, and as of May 19, continues to do well.

Visit zooatlanta.org to learn more about Abu and the other two members of his herd, younger males Etana and Isooba.


Rachel Davis, Director of Communications
404.624.2812 – office
404.309.2238 – cell

About Zoo Atlanta
A proud accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the gold standard for animal care and welfare, Zoo Atlanta has a mission to save wildlife and their habitats through conservation, research, education, and engaging experiences. The Zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals representing more than 200 species from around the world, many of them endangered or critically endangered. Highlights include giant pandas, including Ya Lun and Xi Lun, the only giant panda twins in the U.S.; one of North America’s largest zoological populations of great apes; and a global center of excellence for the care and study of reptiles and amphibians. Recent transformations include the all-new African Savanna, featuring new and expanded habitats for African elephants, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, warthogs, meerkats, and rhinos; Savanna Hall, a state-of-the-art special event destination in the newly restored historic former home of the Atlanta Cyclorama; and the new Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Plaza. For more information, visit zooatlanta.org.

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