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20.06.14

World Giraffe Day at Hellabrunn Zoo

Hellabrunn Zoo celebrates the first ever World Giraffe Day on 21 June 2014. Visitors will be invited to take part in our informative and fascinating programme about the tallest animal - naturally on the longest day of the year!

Hellabrunn Zoo celebrates the longest day of the year with a special occasion: to get the Munich summer off to the perfect start, Hellabrunn is taking part in the first ever World Giraffe Day on Saturday, 21 June 2014. Launched by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF), the initiative's mission is to draw attention to endangered giraffe species in the wild.

 

From 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday, 21 June, visitors will be invited to meet zoo guides at the African giraffe savannah, where they will discover fascinating facts about the biology, threats and protection measures for the tallest animal in the world. Even though giraffes can still be spotted on safari in Africa, the population of all nine subspecies are declining. Two of the subspecies are considered endangered: the West African giraffe and the Rothschild giraffe.

 

Last year, Hellabrunn Zoo opened a 10,000 m2 African giraffe savannah on the Whitsun weekend. The savannah in Munich is home to four African reticulated giraffes - who live close to meerkats and porcupines: the four giraffes are Togo (22 years, male), Kabonga (19 years, female), Bahati (2 years) and Naledi (1 year). Reticulated giraffes are found in the wild in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.