This video from the Netherlands says about itself (translated):
Giraffe Marius is as example of wrong breeding policies
11 Feb 2014
From daily The Guardian in Britain:
Second giraffe named Marius at risk of being put down in Denmark
Jyllands Park zoo says it may kill male giraffe to make way for female, days after death at Copenhagen zoo sparked outcry
Wednesday 12 February 2014 17.30 GMT
Lars Eriksen in Copenhagen
Days after the euthanasia of a healthy young giraffe at Copenhagen zoo sparked controversy around the world, a second Danish zoo has announced that it is considering a similar fate for another giraffe – also named Marius.
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.
She said the park managers would not to be influenced by the wave of protests that followed the killing of 18-month-old Marius at Copenhagen zoo.
More than 27,000 people around the world signed a petition to save the Copenhagen giraffe, and zoo officials said they had received death threats after the animal was put down, dissected in front of a large crowd and fed to lions.
“It doesn’t affect us in any way. We are completely behind Copenhagen and would have done the same,” said Poulsen.
Jyllands Park zoo has not decided whether they would also carry out a public dissection.
Poulsen said she had been surprised to discover there was a second giraffe named Marius in Denmark. The Jyllands Park giraffe had been named after a former vet at the zoo, she said. “We thought it was amusing that there was another Marius among the giraffes when there aren’t that many giraffes in Denmark overall.”
Tell Copenhagen Zoo it is time for a thorough review of their current breeding policy and remind them that the public’s opinion DOES matter when it comes to deciding the fate of animals in their care.
See also here.
Thousands of zoo animals killed in Europe yearly: here.