The 11-month-old giraffe, K.D. Knox, comes from the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Tex., but was purchased from the Metro Zoo in Miami. K.D. Knox is named after Kevin Stump, CEO of Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency, and Davis Frye of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz; both are supporting donors that helped bring the giraffe to the Jackson Zoo.
“We are pleased that our giraffe exhibit now numbers two again!” Zoo Director Beth Poff said, “The two males seem to be enjoying each other’s company.”
Knox is getting acquainted with 11-year-old resident giraffe, Casper. They are currently in adjoining enclosures, but will soon share the same exhibit space. Knox stands a little over seven feet tall, and looks quite small as he stands next to Casper towering several feet above him.
Casper has been the only giraffe on exhibit at the Jackson Zoo since he lost his mate, Diamond, in late December. Casper has had several successful births and is well represented in the population, so he is not a chosen candidate to breed again.
Bachelor herds are becoming quite common in zoos, and it is a normal occurrence for two male giraffes to share an exhibit.
The reticulated giraffe is one of nine subspecies of giraffes. It is the most common breed that is found in American zoos. Male reticulated giraffes can range from 15-18 feet tall and weigh between 2,400-4,250 pounds.