“We grieve with her many fans, near and far, as we say goodbye to the giraffe that can be credited with making a foothold for giraffe and giraffe conservation awareness in the 21st century,” the post read. “While her hoofprints in her yard will erode in time, the imprint she has made on the hearts of people around the world will never fade.”
April’s veterinarians noticed the giraffe was showing notable signs of osteoarthritis in the summer of 2020. Despite their extensive efforts — which included joint supplements, pain medications, dietary changes, hoof trimming and padded flooring in her barn — she continued to lose mobility.
“To her keepers and our team here at the park, she is a precious member of our family, and while we knew this day would eventually come, our hearts are hurting,” Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch said in a statement. “April’s impact on animal conservation and appreciation is both immeasurable and lasting.”
Her body has been escorted to the Cornell University Veterinary School for a necropsy, the park said. Following cremation, April’s ashes will be returned to the Animal Adventure Park.