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[Zoonaute news] Giraffe Heights opens at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

le Lun 21 Oct 2013, 14:07
Zookeepers at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo are preparing to throw a housewarming party for the giraffes as they move into their brand new home – complete with custom-built, high level viewing platform.

The exciting new Giraffe Heights exhibit includes a revamped barn and a nine foot high viewing platform which will bring visitors face-to-face with Whipsnade’s giraffes for the very first time.

To celebrate the opening of Giraffe Heights, keepers will be dishing up their favourite treats in giant wicker teacups and making them their very own party food – frozen carrot and cabbage cupcakes. And as no housewarming party is complete without a gift, they will be sticking to tradition by providing the group with hanging baskets to spruce up their enclosure.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s brand new Giraffe Heights viewing platform opens to the public on Friday 25 October, just in time for October half term, giving visitors the chance to come face-to-face with the world's tallest mammal.

The platform will allow up to 300 people at a time to see more than ever before of the Zoo’s reticulated giraffes, with views across the entire paddock and into the newly extended giraffe barn.

Daily talks on the viewing platform will give visitors an insight into the lives of the Zoo's tallest residents, revealing fun facts including why they have such long necks.

Whipsnade is home to five reticulated giraffes - one-year-old Jengo, dad Uno, mum Ijuma, Ina, and Savannah.


Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)
·The giraffe is the tallest animal in the world. Males reach a towering 19 feet tall and weigh between 2400 and 4250 pounds. Females measure up to 17 feet tall and weigh between 1540 and 2600 pounds.
· Giraffes have the same number of bones in the neck as humans – seven. Valves in neck prevent blood rushing to the head when they bend down to drink.
· Giraffes eat mainly acacia leaves but also shoots, fruits and other vegetation. In the wild, reticulated giraffes are confined to north-eastern Kenya, eastern Sudan and Eritrea.
·Reticulated giraffes are the most distinctively patterned of the eight subspecies of giraffe. Their coat has brown, regular, box-like patterns (called a reticulated pattern). White spaces between the patches form narrow lines. This elaborate pattern is good camouflage in dense, dry vegetation.

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