Reticulated Giraffe

Giraffa reticulata

Quick Facts
Conservation Status:
Daily Sleep:
30 minutes
Top Speed:
35 mph
July 5, 2005
May 30, 2016
September 20, 2020
July 6, 2021

Our Giraffes

Guests can see our giraffe herd from the Giraffe Observation Deck located down the path behind the Train Depot. Gabe, Josie, Millie, and George can often be found enjoying their browse-based diet, basking in the sun, or popping their heads in and out of their Giraffe Barn, which opened in March 2022. With the giraffe population decreasing, facilities with giraffes in human care are establishing and growing family units. We are proud of the two reticulated giraffes, Josie and Mille, who were born at our facility. George was introduced to our herd in 2022, and we can't wait to watch our giraffe family grow!

In the Wild

Giraffe numbers are dwindling in their native habitat, and the reticulated giraffe was just recently listed as endangered. It is more important now than ever to provide opportunities for giraffes to contribute to their global population's growth. The giraffe population is decreasing primarily due to habitat loss and hunting. We celebrate World Giraffe Day every year on June, 21st, to increase awareness and benefit conservation efforts in their native habitats.

Fun Facts

  • A giraffe's heart can weigh up to 25 pounds.
  • They will roam a radius of about 46 square miles to find a water source.
  • Giraffes' average life expectancy in the wild ranges from 10 - 25 years. Under human care, they can live 15 - 30 years. Females usually live longer than males.
  • Male giraffes can weigh up to 4,250 pounds.