Sam the Giraffe Memorial Fund

$760 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 49 months
A message from the Iddings Family:

Our beloved Sam suddenly started feeling under the weather on Friday evening (August 15, 2014). It did not seem serious, but as a precaution, we put him under close veterinary care from the moment his symptoms were first discovered. Despite all efforts, however, at around 1:30am Monday morning Sam was no longer able to stand and laid down in his pasture. The owners and the vet rushed to his aid and worked frantically with him throughout the night. At 5:20am Sam was overcome, and gave up the fight. We are devastated by his loss. Our hearts are broken. We miss him terribly. 

He was special. He was magnificent. He was family.

We are grateful to you all for your support and condolences. It is appreciated more than you know. We truly do feel as though we have lost a member of our family, and our home feels very... empty and lonely now without his presence. As we drive up to our driveway, or walk past his area, we find ourselves looking for him to walk around the corner and greet us as he has always done these past twelve years.

It breaks our hearts...
We feel lost without him. 

He contributed so much throughout his life, bringing joy to so many. From giraffe enthusiasts wishing for a hands-on experience, families looking for adventure, school groups in need of fun education, to terminally ill patients fulfilling their bucket list, Sam met every need.

His intelligence was undeniable. His gentleness unrivaled. He was one-of-a-kind and we all loved him for it. Every spring he would seem to wait impatiently for the open season to begin. His anticipation for seeing his public was palpable. And we couldn't help but smile knowing how much he enjoyed his life here and interacting with you all so closely. No matter where people were, whether standing on the deck, on the ground, or pulling up along his fence line on a hayride, he never neglected anyone but rather made sure to make rounds to see each and every one of you. Even this weekend when he was not feeling well he still chose to visit everyone as much as possible.

He was happiest when surrounded by his public. He loved you all. 

Thank you for loving him too, 
The Iddings Family 


In memorial of Sam, we will be opening the Ranch for visitation August 22, 23 & 24 from 12:00 to 6:00 on a donation basis. Regular admissions will not apply. Extra activities such as pony/camel rides, feed for the animals, mining, and corn maze will not be operational at this time. Visitors are encouraged and welcome to celebrate Sam's life by hanging photos, testimonials, and flowers along his fence line. 

All contributions made to Idle-Hour Ranch's Giraffe Fund during their memorial weekend and through this site will be put towards the bills incurred by Sam's illness/death, to help ease the family's burden of getting the other animals through the winter. 

Thank you and God Bless

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Wishing you all a very Happy New Year in 2015!

We would like to take this time to thank each and every one of you for all of your love and support throughout this past year. We have needed it even more than you know, and are deeply grateful to you all.

In overview of 2014:

Through your generous support, via GoFundMe and mailed contributions, we have managed to raise 23% of estimated funds needed to put Sam to rest, and also continue to provide care for IHR's animals this winter. In addition, our goal for acquiring a new giraffe has been met with both joy and enthusiasm by close friends and family of IHR; already, we have generated 4% of our necessary funds to put towards the adoption of another baby giraffe. Thank you all for your support.

Sam is still greatly missed, and, although it has been a painfully slow process in discovering the true nature of his sudden illness, we are narrowing our focus every day as more information comes to light. The latest update on his necropsy has ruled out suspected natural causes. We are continuing to look into the matter and intend to see this through to the end. We will continue to keep you all informed as matters progress.

In the meantime, we welcome the new year with high hopes and deep gratitude for all of you and our continued blessings. God has not failed us yet, and we are excited to see what He has in store for us in 2015!
Again, thank you all. The animals have a safe and loving home because of your support, we could not do it without you. You are literally life savers.

IHR thanks you,
the animals thank you,
and we thank you.

God bless you all, and may this new year bring about great things for you and yours!

PS - For anyone interested in contributing to the acquisition of a new giraffe at IHR, please specify in the message section that you would like your donation used for that purpose. Thank you
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$760 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 49 months
Created August 18, 2014
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Christine Woodruff
49 months ago

I had just learned about the Idle Hour Ranch days before I went to visit. I went to ride the elephant but found Sam to be just as amazing. I am so sorry to hear of his passing but am so glad I had the opportunity to meet him. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Vicky Warner
49 months ago

So very sorry for your loss. He will definitely be missed.

Tricia Menchhofer
49 months ago

Enjoyed every fun day with Sam!

Melissa Simmons
49 months ago

We are so sorry to hear about Sam.

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amanda smith
49 months ago

Always looked forward to seeing Sam.

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