The new Giraffe Savannah opens
The African Giraffe Savannah at Hellabrunn Zoo opened in May 2013 after a short construction period of just one year.
The bull giraffe Togo, his sweetheart Kabonga and their son Naledi are enjoying their new home situated near the Isar entrance. Even the cow giraffe Bahati, who joined the little family in July 2013, is now well acclimatized. And it’s hardly surprising. They all live together with the three meerkats Isimo, Fela and Falouk and two porcupines in the 10,000 m² African Giraffe Savannah. The new enclosure was opened in May 2013. The construction of the new giraffe house was made possible thanks to a € 3 million sponsorship from Stadtsparkasse München bank.
The new facility can accommodate a bull giraffe and up to four female giraffes with a maximum of four calves. The new barn is five times bigger than the old one in the Elephant House. Visitors will also be able to benefit from the new facilities, which offer a closer view of the giraffes. Separated by only a glass window inside the building, you can now see these majestic animals up close.
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The Giraffe House is the centerpiece of the new Africa enclosure at Hellabrunn Zoo. The seven-meter-high graceful building makes quite an impression with its charming wood and glass design covering an area of 770 m². The building was designed by the Berlin-based architect Dan Pearlman, who has realized many widely acclaimed zoo architectural projects around the world. Among the new attractions in the Giraffe Savannah is the two-story viewing platform, which gives visitors an entirely new perspective of this impressive animal. The new platform allows you to see the giraffes at eye level and observe how they use their long blue tongues during feeding. The technology installed in the new animal house is also impressive: geothermal energy is used to heat the water that flows through the plastic piping installed in the floor - similar to underfloor heating - ensuring the building stays warm. The animal entrance enclosure is fitted with de-icing equipment that allows zookeepers to thaw snow and ice at the entrance in winter, allowing the giraffes to step out into the fresh air. In summer, a significant amount of heat passes through the EFTE membrane roof and glass façades into the building. Natural ventilation is used to dissipate the heat using as little energy as possible. On warm days, parts of the façade open