Dickerson Park Zoo

Dickerson Park Zoo

Springfield’s Dickerson Park Zoo is reporting the death of a juvenile giraffe. The zoo said Wednesday in a news release that 2-year-old Pammy J collapsed during a procedure in the morning to treat an overgrown hoof related to a previous injury and that attempts to revive her were unsuccessful.

Pammy J is the oldest of the zoo’s five juvenile giraffes.

According to the statement, a light dose of anesthesia, or standing sedation, was administered to the giraffe in what is described as a routine procedure similar to what is performed on horses.

Dickerson Park Zoo

Two local non-profits are teaming up to help the hungry in the Ozarks.  Dickerson Park Zoo is hosting "Zooper Bowl" through Sunday (2/1) to benefit Ozarks Food Harvest.  Each day, from 10 am to 4 pm, the zoo is offering half-price admission for anyone who donates two non-perishable food items.   Suggested donations include: canned meats, peanut butter, canned soups and stews, dry or canned beans, boxed meals, rice, pasta, canned spaghetti sauce, canned fruits and vegetables and cereals.  Glass containers can't be accepted. 

Dickerson Park Zoo

A giraffe at Dickerson Park Zoo has died.  Cheka arrived at the zoo in May 1995 when she was 16 months old.  She injured her leg when she was being transported from California to Missouri, and zookeepers have provided extensive care to the scarred area since then.

Over the summer, keepers had to administer medications to treat inflammation and prevent infection.  But recent radiographs showed the infection had spread to her bones, and zoo staff decided to humanely euthanize her yesterday.

Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

I arrive at Dickerson Park Zoo mid-morning just as zoo volunteers, called docents, are caring for animals and getting ready for the day.  People with a passion for animals, environment and the outdoors seem to be drawn to this kind of work. That includes retirees. 

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