Another Giraffe is About to Suffer the Same Fate as Marius.

A second Giraffe in a Denmark zoo also named Marius is under threat of being killed.

Marius the giraffe

Only a few days after the brutal slaughter of Marius at Copenhagan Zoo, Jyllands Park zoo says it may kill a male giraffe to make way for a female.

Jyllands Park zoo, in western Denmark, currently has two male giraffes, but has been approved to participate in the European breeding programme. If zookeepers manage to acquire a female giraffe, seven-year-old Marius will have to make way.

Like his namesake in Copenhagen, the giraffe is considered unsuitable for breeding, and the zoo said there was a high risk that Marius would have to be put down as it would be difficult to find him a new home.

Janni Løjtved Poulsen, zookeeper at Jyllands Park, said it was not clear when the park would acquire a female giraffe and that the decision on Marius’s future would be taken by the breeding programme co-ordinator.

“If we are told we have to euthanise [Marius] we would of course do that,” said Poulsen.

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We must not allow this to happen again

The following article in Psychology Today explains why the killing of Marius was so wrong :

The children present undoubtedly learned that killing animals for entertainment is perfectly legitimate.

What the Copenhagen Zoo did had nothing to do with nature, or science, or animal husbandry, or education, or research. Its actions instead constituted blood sport for human entertainment

The inhumane and grotesque manner in which this animal was killed had nothing to do with animal management or science. It is apparent that the killing of Marius was nothing more than a canned hunt-blood sport in the name of animal science. What we learned is that scientists can be truly heartless, seeing living creatures as nothing more than collections of organs to be cut open and put on display.

Over the past 18 months, that zoo benefited financially from the people who came to see the infant giraffe. He deserved a better, more dignified death than that. More than that, he deserved to live.

Extracts From: What We Learned From Marius the Giraffe by Dr. Denise Cummins

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Action to take

Please sign the following petition:

Spare the life of Marius the giraffe at Jyllands Park Zoo:

Write to Jyllands Park Zoo and ask that they do not kill Marius


Jyllands Park Zoo
Haunstrupvej 13
6920 Videbæk

Tlf. +45 97 16 61 20
Fax. + 45 97 16 62 31


It might be an idea to include a link to the above Psychology Today article in  when you write to the zoo.

You may also wish to contact the addresses below which were  included in the previous entry


European Association of Zoos and Aquaria

Phone: +31 20 520 07 50
Fax: +31 20 520 07 52
Postal Address: EAZA Executive Office
c/o Artis Zoo – Amsterdam
PO Box 20164
1000 HD Amsterdam
The Netherlands


Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister Denmark:

or post to her Facebook page: –  There are already posts regarding Jyllands Park zoo’s giraffe.

And don’t forget to write to the Copenhagen  zoo at this is the e-mail address of Mikkel Stelvig the man in charge at the zoo. Twenty to thirty animals are killed there every year. 

Other contact information for Copenhagen zoo from their webpage

Mails to Zoo should be send to:

This is Zoo’s main mailbox, where mails will be distributed to other departments.
Phone: +45 72 200 200
Postal address:
Zoologisk Have
Roskildevej 38
Postboks 7
DK 2000 Frederiksberg
DenmarkZoo Food & Shop A/S has the same address

Longleat Safari Park where six lions were killed – more information further down.

Stop visiting Zoos – without our patronage zoos would not exist. In the long term the solution is to boycott zoos, animal have their own lives, they are not here to entertain or educate us. Conservation is a pretext of respectability used in order to perpetuate what amounts to the captivity and exploitation of other sentient creatures for profit and scientific curiosity.

What happened at the Copenhagen zoo is not an isolated incident, the killing of animals takes place at other zoos and safari parks:

Here in the UK six healthy Lions were killed.

“Six Longleat lions put down by staff due to overpopulation and ‘excessive violent behaviour’, reportedly leaving keepers angry and upset”

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Please take the actions above and help save the life the Jyllands Park zoo Geraffe also named Marius. 


Related Links

Healthy Giraffe is Killed at Zoo Despite Offer to Save Him By Marc Bekoff



Healthy Young Zoo Giraffe to be Killed: “Zoothanasia” Redux By Marc Bekoff

Marius is not alone in facing this sort of undignified end in a zoo, and I hope people will openly protest this unnecessary and heartless slaughter and that of other beings who find themselves in the same situation.

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