Giraffe at Marwell


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

Giraffe illustration

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 porcupines. They’re also close to bongos, our spectacular yet shy antelopes, and Congo buffalos, forest dwelling 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!

In the wild

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We visited today with our 21 month old boy and we saw some animals closer up than in any other zoo or on a real safari. The animals were very well kept and in decent enclosures. Our son was happy and excited for five hours until he fell asleep in his… Read full reviewHelen , 26th August 2015