There’s no doubt about it – giraffes are extraordinary beasts!
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 help them find leaves that are well out of reach of their rivals. This, coupled with their extra long, blue-black tongue (up to 45cm) 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! Amazingly the giraffe must use its muscles to bend its neck downwards rather than keep it upright.
Find out more fun facts at our daily giraffe talk.
Our giraffes share their house with Colobus monkeys and they’re also close to bongos, our spectacular yet shy antelopes, and Forest buffalos, relations of African buffalo.
If you love our giraffes then why not adopt one? Isabella is a firm favourite on our Go Wild children’s adoption scheme but if you’re struggling to choose (or are older than 16!) then our adult scheme has giraffe adoptions too!
Amazing day at Marwell zoo, topped by feeding the giraffes. Husband and I fed 7 giraffes by hand. I got sneezed on by kwame, the large male - brilliant!! Loved little Ruby. Very hands on. Not rushed at all. Thank you Megan, for making this an amazing experience for us both…Cathryn, 4th February 2016