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.
The BioPark welcomed Kumi the giraffe calf in July 2015. His name means "10" is Swahili - he is his mother June's 10th calf.
June and male Buccaneer are paired 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.