Giraffe dies at Silver Springs attraction

University of Florida to perform necropsy to determine cause of death

SILVER SPRINGS, Fla. - The only giraffe at the Silver Springs Nature Park has died.

Khama died Wednesday morning. The Ocala Star Banner reports this is the first time in more than 30 years that the attraction does not have a giraffe.

Wildlife Manager Joanne Zeliff says the death was surprise since Khama was not sick or showing any signs of distress. The Star Banner reports that wildlife sites note that male giraffes in captivity can live 25 to 28 years. Kahma was born at the park in 1987. He was 25.

Khama's body will be sent to the University of Florida for a necropsy to determine the cause of death.

No word yet on whether the attraction will bring in a new giraffe.

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