World Giraffe Day

June 21

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Stand tall! Join us to celebrate the longest-necked animal on the longest day of the year (or longest night depending on your hemisphere you’re in)! 

  • Visit Twiga Terrace and get a chance to feed a giraffe. For more information, visit our Giraffe Feeding page*. 
  • Learn about the unique adaptations of the tallest living land animals with biofacts and familyfriendly activities. 
  • Discover ways Zoo Atlanta helps giraffes in the wild, and find out how you can help too. 
  • Be a conservation hero with the purchase of an Animal Awareness Day tote bag. All proceeds go to the Zoo’s conservation fund that helps animals in the wild and their habitats. 

Activities are free for Zoo Atlanta Members and children under 3; free with general admission. Check the map for times and locations. 

*Giraffe Feeding is an optional experience that requires face masks and an additional fee. 

Celebrate at home with World Giraffe Day family fun. See the activity guides below for instructions: 

  • Visit our At Home Learn page for a special giraffethemed Animal Tails (a storybook reading with a related activity). 

In the Wild… 

Reticulated giraffes are listed as Endangered by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). Reticulated giraffe populations have declined by over 50% in the last 30 years. It is estimated that there are around 8,700 individuals in the wild. The decline is attributed to habitat loss, deterioration of habitat, and illegal poaching.  

How does Zoo Atlanta Help? 

Zoo Atlanta has supported the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) through our Quarters for Conservation program. GCF is the only NGO (non-government organization), that works closely with local governments and other partners to preserve giraffe populations and facilitate education programs across Africa.  

You can help by sharing what you know about giraffes and their conservation status in the wild. You can also reduce your carbon footprint and say no to single-use plastics like straws and plastic bags. 

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