The Jacksonville Zoo's new male giraffe, AJ, made his public debut earlier this month, exactly two years after the loss of the zoo's beloved male giraffe, Duke.
Twelve-year-old AJ came from the El Paso Zoo but was born in Disney's Animal Kingdom. He is expected to take over Duke's breeding duties. Duke helped birth 18 offspring while in Jacksonville. Duke was humanely euthanized at the age of 21 on December 11, 2018.