World Giraffe Day

June 21

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Stand tall! Join us on Twiga Terrace to celebrate the tallest animal on the longest day of the year (or longest night depending on which hemisphere you live in)!

  • Meet a giraffe care specialist during a special keeper chat to learn about how we care for giraffes at Zoo Atlanta.
  • Get up-close with Etana or Isooba for a chance to feed a giraffe. For more information, visit our Giraffe Feeding page*.
  • Learn about giraffes through biofact exploration, games, and activities:
    • Every giraffe has a unique color and spot pattern! Use your giraffe trivia knowledge to help us match the spots and complete the pattern.
    • Discover giraffes’ special features by getting hands-on with a giraffe skull (replica).
  • Learn ways Zoo Atlanta helps giraffes in the wild, and ways you can help, too.
  • Can’t join us in person? Check out Zoo Atlanta’s social media networks for a special World Giraffe Day takeover.
  • Show you’re a conservation hero year-round with the purchase of an Animal Awareness Day tote bag!
    • Use provided fabric markers to decorate and make your bag as unique as a giraffe’s spot pattern.
    • All proceeds go to the Zoo’s conservation fund that allows us to help animals in the wild and their habitats.

Activities are free for Zoo Atlanta Members and children under 3; free with general admission. 

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

In the Wild …

The IUCN still has giraffes listed as one species with nine subspecies, but recent research through organizations like the Giraffe Conservation Foundation has shown that there are four species of giraffe with several subspecies: Masai, northern, reticulated, and southern giraffe. Here at Zoo Atlanta, we house two reticulated giraffes (Giraffa reticulata). In the wild, there are approximately 15,900 reticulated giraffes left. The IUCN Red List has this species listed as Endangered due to a myriad of issues, such as habitat loss through agricultural means and the expansion of mines, illegal hunting, and civil unrest, among other factors (GCF 2018).

Organizations like the Giraffe Conservation Foundation work with local initiatives in countries throughout Africa, as well as abroad with organizations like Zoo Atlanta, by bringing awareness to help save giraffes from going extinct.

By coming to the Zoo, we hope that by learning about Isooba and Etana, guests will feel inspired and will take what they’ve learned here and share their knowledge. By learning more about the plights that giraffes face and sharing that knowledge, you can make a change. Your support here at the Zoo benefits the conservation work we are doing to help their wild counterparts.

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