BROOKFIELD, Ill. — The Brookfield Zoo announced the death of its popular giraffe named Franny Wednesday. She was 24 years old.
The zoo decided to humanely euthanize her because age-related degenerative arthritis began to severely impact her daily comfort and quality of life. While zoo staffers have been monitoring Franny’s condition for years, it recently worsened, making it difficult for her to move around with the zoo’s herd.
Franny is survived by three calves, including 8-year-old Arnieta, who still resides at the zoo, as well as seven grand-calves and two great grand-calves who reside at other accredited North American zoos.
In addition to Arnieta, the other members of Brookfield Zoo’s giraffe herd—Potoka, 2; Jasiri, 10; and Mithra, 25–can be seen at the zoo’s Habitat Africa! The Savannah.