Giraffe, rhino deaths raise alarm at former Buenos Aires zoo

  • In this Aug. 7, 2018 photo, Shino, a juvenile white lion yawns inside his enclosure at the “eco-park” in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A coalition of more than a dozen environmental and veterinary groups has issued a letter denouncing a “state of abandonment” at the site, where about 200 animals have died since 2016. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

  • In this Aug. 7, 2018 photo, a zebra stands inside her enclosure at the “eco-park” in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The zoo was inaugurated in 1875 on what was then a quiet patch on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

  • In this Aug. 7, 2018 photo, Zoo Keeper Mariano Narvaez trains Pupy, and African elephant at the “eco-park” in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The recent deaths of the two animals have fueled charges by conservationists that an attempt by the Buenos Aires’ government to turn a 140-year-old zoo into an “eco-park” and relocate most of its 1,500 animals to sanctuaries has been a poorly planned disaster. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

  • In July 2, 2016 photo, Ciro interacts with his mother Shaki at their enclosure at the “eco-park” in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Shaki died recently due to a stomach ulcer. A former zoo director filed a complaint demanding an investigation into the deaths of Shaki and a rhinoceros called Ruth, arguing that a lack of resources and the stress from nearby construction work contributed to their demise. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

  • In this Aug. 7, 2018 photo, Ciro, a juvenile giraffe, stands in his enclosure which he use to share with his mom Shaki, at the “eco-park” in Buenos Aires, Argentina Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. Shaki died recently due to a stomach ulcer. A coalition of more than a dozen environmental and veterinary groups has issued a letter denouncing a “state of abandonment” at the site, where about 200 animals have died since 2016. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

  • In this Aug. 13, 2018 photo, a rhino stands inside his enclosure at the “eco-park” in Buenos Aires. The recent deaths of the two animals have fueled charges by conservationists that an attempt by the Buenos Aires’ government to turn a 140-year-old zoo into an “eco-park” and relocate most of its 1,500 animals to sanctuaries has been a poorly planned disaster. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Shaki was 18 when she died - too young given the life expectancy of a giraffe. Ruth the rhinoceros was recovering from an infection until she fell, was stuck for hours in thick mud and then died.

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