Welcome to the City of Albuquerque

Giraffes

Measure yourself against the Zoo's tallest residents.

When visiting...

  • See the adults June, Camilla and Buccaneer and calf Abiquiu ('Abi') daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Feed a giraffe every Wednesday-Sunday in summer.
  • Watch the giraffes stretch to reach browse with their long necks and long purple tongues.

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.

'Abiquiu' the Giraffe Calf

The BioPark welcomed Abiquiu during the Earth Day Celebration on April 20, 2013. She measured just under 6 feet tall and weighed 120 pounds. She is named for a town in northern New Mexico, and zookeepers call her 'Abi' for short.

Abi's mother did not bond with her at birth, so keepers fed her bottles of vitamin-enriched milk specially prepared for giraffes. She has now been reintroduced to the rest of the herd.

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 Video

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