May 21, 2009 - Knoxville Zoo is saddened to announce the death of one of its favorite
animals. Jim, a male giraffe, died on May 20. He was 9-years-old. Jim was born at Knoxville
Zoo on November 20, 2000, and was the namesake of the zoo’s executive director, Jim Vlna.
Jim was being closely monitored and treated by University of
Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (UTCVM) Drs.
Ed Ramsay and Stephanie McCain for unexplained weight
loss, despite a healthy appetite. A necropsy will be conducted
by UTCVM staff to officially determine the cause of his
This is a difficult day for staff at Knoxville Zoo. Expressions
of sympathy for Jim’s keepers and his other caregivers may
be sent to Attn: Thoughts for Jim, Knoxville Zoo, P.O. Box
6040, Knoxville, TN 37914.,