PEORIA — One of the Peoria Zoo's giraffes has moved to the big city.
Juvenile male giraffe Finely was transferred to the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago last week, where he will be paired with an adult female giraffe for non-breeding companionship, the Peoria facility said in a news release.
There are still four giraffes in Peoria in the Africa! exhibit. Parents Taji and Vivian and baby giraffe Zara, as well as an unrelated adult female, Emy, are at the facility.
"This move, as well as Finely's birth, were recommended by the Giraffe Species Survival Plan." Yvonne Strode, Peoria Zoo Director, said in the release. "While we are sad to see him leave, we know the transfer helps ensure a healthy giraffe population across the Association of Zoos and Aquariums."
Finely moved last Friday.
He was born at the Peoria Zoo on July 25, 2016, and was the first successful giraffe birth there.
"We are excited for Finely to join us here in Chicago," said Lincoln Park Zoo Curator of Mammals Mike Murray. "Giraffes are a guest favorite here at the zoo and while it will take time, we are eager to introduce him to our female giraffe Etana and eventually the plains zebra that inhabit the savannah at Regenstein African Journey."