Measure yourself against the Zoo's tallest residents.

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When visiting...

  • Feed a giraffe every Wednesday-Sunday in summer.
  • Watch the giraffes stretch to reach browse with their long necks and long purple tongues.

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Reticulated giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis) roam the vast African plains in small herds. Giraffes are the world's tallest land animal with adult males reaching up to 18 feet.

The male at the BioPark isn't quite that tall, but he and the three females can be seen daily eating fresh browse. In Africa, giraffes eat from acacia and mimosa trees; in Albuquerque, they enjoy branches from cottonwoods and elms.

Newest Giraffe Calf

In 2019, mother Niara welcomed baby Neelix. Father Buccaneer is paired with with Niara as part of the Species Survival Plan, a program developed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to help maintain a healthy and genetically diverse animal population within the zoo community in an effort to increase a species’ chance of survival.

Our Actions Matter

While not endangered, giraffes are still at risk due to habitat loss and hunting for meat and hair/skins.  Here are some ways to help giraffes in the wild:

  • Do not buy giraffe products like giraffe hair bracelets.
  • Learn about giraffes and share what you learn with others.
  • Become a Zoo Parent to support giraffe care, animal enrichment and conservation programs at the BioPark.

Giraffe Wish List

The NM BioPark Society has set up an Amazon wish list for the ABQ BioPark Zoo's giraffes.Browse the list and buy enrichment and training items for the giraffes.