‘It’s the giraffe man!’: Longtime zookeeper Richard Meek remembered

By , Daily Memphian Updated: December 08, 2022 9:38 AM CT | Published: December 05, 2022 4:00 AM CT

Kathy Fay, the widow of longtime Memphis Zoo giraffe keeper Richard Meek, reflects on his life and her loss. Meek’s death was one of the 75 pedestrian deaths that have occurred in Memphis so far in 2022.

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Alicia Davidson

Alicia Davidson is a lifelong Memphis resident and graduate of The University of Memphis College of Journalism and Strategic Media. When not scribbling about the latest Memphis news, you will find her reading historical biographies, cooking Italian cuisine and practicing vinyasa yoga.


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