PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Amber, a 26-year-old giraffe housed at the Roger Williams Park Zoo has died, zoo officials said on Tuesday.
“It is with great sadness that Roger Williams Park Zoo announces the death of Amber, the cherished 26-year-old Masai giraffe. The median life expectancy for a giraffe in captivity is about 17 years – Amber, at 26, was the oldest Masai giraffe in North America,” said spokesperson for Roger Williams Park Zoo Diane S. Nahabedian.
Amber was born in Cleveland, OH., in 1991, and joined the Roger Williams Park Zoo family in 1992.
But over the past year, Amber lost her sight due to cataracts, authorities said.
“Thanks to a lot of hard work and a trusting relationship built over many years, the animal care staff was able to help Amber adjust to her blindness, and maintain a good quality of life for an extended period at the Zoo,” said Nahabedian. “Everyone at the Zoo will miss Amber and her sweet demeanor.”