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Panorama of a Safari Park field exhibit with giraffes, water buffalo, and rhinos


White rhino with calf


Although the Zoo and Safari Park are temporarily closed, our team of dedicated specialists continue to care for the animals and plants that depend on us each and every day.

Your continued support is more critical now than ever before and will provide a vital lifeline to the wildlife in our care.




Giraffes are the tallest land animals, able to look into a second-story window without having to stand on tiptoes! It takes a lot of leaves to fuel such large animals. Giraffes may eat up to 75 pounds (34 kilograms) of food per day, nibbling on leaves from Africa’s acacia trees. These trees often have thorns that keep most animals from munching on them, but those thorns don't stop giraffes! They just use their long tongue to reach around the thorns.

The Uganda giraffe is the only endangered giraffe subspecies. It survives in a few small, isolated populations in Kenya and Uganda. Yet at the Safari Park, we have had over 100 births so far in our large African Plains habitat!

You can admire our giraffes from the African Plains' Kijamii Overlook or from an Africa Tram tour. Get close enough to feed them during a Caravan Safari! Also, check out our new Giraffe Cam, to see live streaming video of our African Plains giraffes and other wildlife anytime, online.

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