Zoo Babies

Zoo Babies

In Memory of Kipenzi

Recently my wife and I visited the Dallas Zoo and while there the opportunity presented itself to photograph two of the zoo’s newest additions, Kipenzi and Mshindi.

Kipenzi, a female giraffe, was born April 10, 2015 and Mshindi, a male chimpanzee, on January 26, 2015. Both names are Swahili. Kipenzi means Loved One, Precious One, or Beloved One. Mshindi is a name for boys meaning Champion or Winner.

Since our zoo visit on July 10, 2015, Kipenzi was tragically killed while frolicking with another giraffe. Kipenzi accidently ran into a section of the habitat breaking three neck vertebrae. Kipenzi died immediately after the accident at 5:30 p.m. on July 28, 2015.

 

THIS BLOG IS DEDICATED TO KIPENZI

The Precious One
The Precious One
The Loved One
The Loved One
The Beloved One
The Beloved One
Kipenzi
Kipenzi
Standing In The Shade
Standing In The Shade
London Bridge
London Bridge
Kipenzi
Kipenzi
Mshindi "The Champion"
Mshindi “The Champion”
Mshindi "The Winner"
Mshindi “The Winner”
Mshindi and Mama Ramona
Mshindi and Mama Ramona
Faster Mom!
Faster Mom!
"Giddy - up" Ramona
“Giddy – up” Ramona
"Are  We There Yet?"
“Are We There Yet?”
"Happy Trails"
“Happy Trails”

 

5 thoughts on “Zoo Babies”

  1. Oh, Michael, those photos are magnificent. I have not been to a zoo in so long. Wonder if there are any in Maine???

  2. I am SO happy that you were able to take these pictures of our little Kipenzi!!! It is so sad to lose her!!! This way, you will have helped to keep her forever…?

  3. I too have mourned the loss of the little baby giraffe. I wonder if the mother knows or senses something…Animals are so much smarter than we, I cannot imagine she is not grieving and wonder if she is getting any special treatment. Thank you for your beautiful photos!

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