Giraffe at Marwell

Giraffes

There’s no doubt about it – giraffes are extraordinary gentle giants!

Even though their necks are much, much longer than ours they still only have 7 neck bones – the same as humans and most other mammals!

Their long necks helpGiraffe illustration them find leaves that are well out of reach of their rivals. This, coupled with their 45cm long, black tongue, also helps them remove leaves from spiky acacia trees. In fact, their tongue is so long that they can clean their noses and even their eyes with it! 

Our giraffes share their house with the lemurs of Lemur Loop. They’re also close to our mountain bongos and our spectacular antelopes, as well as Forest buffalos and kudu!

If you love our giraffes then why not adopt one? Isabella is a firm favourite on our children’s adoption scheme but if you’re struggling to choose (or are older than 16!) then our adult scheme has giraffe adoptions too!

Find out more fun facts at our daily giraffe talk.

In the wild

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Where next?

Continue exploring Marwell, or check out our ticket prices.

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This experience was something I’ve always dreamt of doing but never thought I’d be able to. The staff made it such an enjoyable time, answered all my questions, and were there with me every step of the way if I needed them. And of course, special thanks to all the penguins… Read full reviewBeth, 23rd January 2020