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Watchtowers of the Savannah:

Giraffes are the tallest land animals. Smaller animals will watch giraffes to figure out if predators are close by.

A giraffe’s L-O-N-G tongue (18 to 20 inches) is black. Some scientists think this helps keep the tongue from getting sunburned.

Giraffes have seven neck bones—just like you, only bigger!

At Reid Park Zoo:

Keepers feed giraffes a variety of tree leaves, hay, lettuce, carrots, scallions, and “biscuits.”


When you visit the Giraffe Encounter program, you help raise thousands of dollars for Zoo field research and conservation projects every year. Thanks!

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Species Name:
Reticulated Giraffe
Scientific Name:
Giraffa camelopardalis
Our Animal's Name(s):
Elinor (female, May 99), Denver (female, Feb 89) Texas (female, May 89), and Jasiri (male).
Proud Parents:
Kurt Kenagy
Benjamin Kunze
Terry Ballard
Vivianna Colson
Candace Burroughs
Jessamyn Wehmeier
Sheila Demetrio
Megan Morgan
Colette, Feona & Longuin Zeno
JoAnn Schlott
Mary Lou Grieves
Peyton Richardson