Tucson zoo taking donations for oleander removal, improvements

2011-07-23T12:00:00Z Tucson zoo taking donations for oleander removal, improvementsArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 23, 2011 12:00 pm  • 

The Reid Park Zoological Society is accepting donations to help pay for the removal of oleander plants from the perimeter of the zoo and other zoo improvement projects.

The plant removal and other projects are in response to the death of Watoto, a 6-year-old male giraffe who was fed toxic oleander plants last week. A second giraffe, Denver, also ate oleander and was said to be in stable condition. Zoo officials continue to monitor the female giraffe’s condition, officials said.

The plant is deeply entwined with zoo fencing and has served as a park barrier and visual screen since the zoo’s construction, according to a zoological society news release.

Donations will be used to assist with the project and help pay for the addition of privacy fencing and new plants to replace the oleander.

The zoological society will use excess money to assist the zoo with other improvement projects.

To make a donation, go to www.tucsonzoo.org.

People can make donations at the Giraffe Encounter platform in the zoo, 1100 S. Randolph Way, or mail them to the Reid Park Zoological Society, 1030 S. Randolph Way, Tucson, Ariz., 85716.

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