SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A sad day at Utah’s Hogle Zoo as they say goodbye to their young Giraffe Willow before she heads off to Florida.
Willow, the 19-month old giraffe, beloved by zoo patrons, spent her last day in Utah on Sunday.
Crowds of youngsters lined up to get a last look before her long awaited trip to the Jacksonville Zoo in Florida where she she will join a herd of two males and five females ranging in the ages from 18 months to 20 years old.
Willow was 6 feet tall as a baby and has grown to ten feet tall. Zookeepers describe Willow as a “firecracker”.
In the wild, giraffes form social herds but individuals will move in and out of the groupings as they please. Young giraffes typically leave their mothers at 15-18 months of age.
When Willow is older, the plan is that she will become a mom.