A veterinarian and the Niabi Zoo have worked together to determine a cause of death for Mimi the giraffe in August.
A parasite, a species of Roundworm known as Haemonchus contortus, was discovered upon the herd's arrival at the Zoo in 2007. The Zoo's staff and vets treated the giraffes with deworming products, but the parasite is resistant to the treatments. the roundworm causes anemia, digestive system upset, failure to absorb nutrients from food, lethargy, and weight loss.
Since 2012, Niabi Zoo has taken proactive steps to ensure new animals entering are health and free of similar parasite infections. All incoming animals must have full bloodwork screening, three negative results for parasite fecal checks with 30 days of shipment, and numerous other tests before coming to the zoo. The zoo also required a minimum period of 30 days in quarantine for every animal once it arrives on site.
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