Giraffe feeding experience

Our giraffe feeding experience gives you the chance to feed our herd of giraffe.

It’s an exclusive opportunity to come face to face (nose to nose!) with our herd of giraffe, and feed them a mix of browse (that’s tree branches to you and me) and special giraffe pellets.  You’ll be accompanied by a giraffe keeper, and you’ll be standing underneath our majestic giraffes inside their enclosure.

 What’s included in the penguin feeding experience?

  • Meet our tallest residents
  • Opportunity to hand feed
  • Giraffe keeper Q&A
  • Souvenir cuddly toy
  • Price – ÂŁ45 per person
  • 8 years plus

What happens on a giraffe feeding experience?

You’ll be welcomed by one of our giraffe keepers and after a short briefing you’ll enter the giraffe enclosure. You’ll feed our giraffes tree branches and a pellet that has everything they need to keep them fit and healthy.

Image of a person hand feeding a giraffe at Folly Farm

Giraffe feeding experience – get up close to our giraffes

They’ll eat from your palm, wrapping their long tongues around your hand. Get ready for a bit of giraffe slobber!

You’ll be standing behind the rocks at the foot of our walkway. When our giraffes see you have food they’ll be right over. There is nothing quite like a giraffe leaning down to take food from your hand. A giraffe will never seem so tall.

This is also your chance to ask our expert giraffe keepers all about our herd. Why do they have black tongues anyway?

Your giraffe feeding experience will last at least 20 minutes. It includes a souvenir cuddly toy giraffe to take home so you can remember your special day.

Image of a woman feeding a giraffe by hand at Folly Farm

You can read our full animal experiences terms and conditions here

Giraffe feeding reviews

"It was an amazing experience. Pippa the giraffe keeper was great. Pippa explained all about the giraffes and how they are kept at Folly Farm. She was patient, kind and very knowledgeable. Would 100% recommend the experience."

Anglea Brown. Milford Haven, 5 out of 5, 01 February 2019

"Amazing experience! My daughter loves feeding the giraffe. The keeper was fantastic and happy to answer all questions!"

Victoria Mitchell, Neath, 5 out of 5, 28 October 2018

"Absolutely amazing experience. Pippa, the giraffe keeper, was brilliant. Thanks."

Lowri Lewis, Llandovery, 5 out of 5, 31 October 2018

"My son had a wonderful experience feeding the giraffes. He couldn't believe how gentle they were! Amazing to watch these beautiful animals feeding! The zoo keepers are lovely and was a pleasure having them both make Oliver feel calm and relaxed - he was a bit nervous initially. But loved every moment of it!"

Katie Watts, Bridgend, 5 out of 5, 26 October 2018

"Had such an amazing experience feeding the giraffes. The giraffe keeper was super friendly and very knowledgeable. Thank you for a fantastic day."

Sarah Shaw, Swansea, 5 out of 5, 27 October 2018

"I had a wonderful time guided by the lovely Pippa feeding the giraffes. We had luck with the weather and the blue skies in the photographs provide a great memory of the day. Thanks for the cuddly toy memento!"

Rosalyn Dyer, Devon, 5 out of 5, 22 October 2018

"Birthday present from my little boy with my favourite animal. Amazing experience with amazing animals. The keepers were lovely. There was no feeling of having to rush it. Brilliant from start to finish."

Sarah Eynon, Haverfordwest, 5 out of 5, 20 October 2018

"Brilliant experience thank you. I have now done the penguins, rhinos and giraffes - lions next :-)"

Jan Brokenshire, Saundersfoot, 5 out of 5, 29 September 2018

"A fantastic experience. The keeper made us feel very welcome and explained about the animals and answered any questions. I was not sure what to expect but loved every minute of it. The experience was a gift and it was certainly a day out I will always remember. I would recommend a feeding experience as a special gift."

Jacqueline Hatton, Manchester, 5 out of 5, 24 September 2018

"Had a great time feeding the giraffes. It's amazing to get so close to these lovely animals. Giraffes are one of my favourite animals too. Lovely friendly staff. Would definitely recommend it to people. I already want to do it again."

Jasmine Green, Carmarthen, 5 out of 5, 09 September 2018

"I have always loved giraffes so when I was up and close to them I loved them even more. Fabulous experience."

Tonia Thomas, Carmarthen, 5 out of 5, 13 August 2018

"Four of us took part in the experience, myself, my son and my niece and nephew. Ages 50 down to 8! Loved it, the keeper was very friendly and knowledgeable about giraffes and what gentle giants they are! Would definitely recommend it. My only negative is that after paying for the experience we also had to pay entry to Folly Farm and yes we did spend time in the rest of the farm but I feel if you are paying for an experience then entry should be free or a small amount. Thank you to the keeper for making it exciting and a joyful experience!"

Nik Gamble, Cardiff, 5 out of 5, 18 November 2018

"This was my daughters birthday treat. Both my daughter and niece had a fantastic time and loved every moment. The keeper was lovely and friendly and made the girls feel quite at ease. She answered every question and just made the whole experience better. An amazing memory for them and an experience that I would do again. Thank you."

Joanna Davies, Swansea, 5 out of 5, 25 August 2018

"We bought the giraffe feeding experience for my daughter as a birthday surprise while we were visiting the area on holiday. She had an amazing time! The giraffe keeper was so friendly and knowledgeable and also told her all about the giraffes and their different personalities! She was made up to be given her own individual bucket of food to feed them and thoroughly enjoyed getting so close to such beautiful animals. 10 out of 10, would recommend to anyone!"

Vicky Jones, Llandudno, 5 out of 5, 12 September 2018

"Bought the experience for my daughter for her birthday. It was fantastic for her to get up close with the giraffes, she loved learning all about them from the keepers. She was mesmerised by the giraffes and loved hand feeding them, she had a massive smile on her face from start to finish would highly recommend the experience."

Carol Owen, Bridgend, 5 out of 5, 13 August 2018

"Fantastic experience. Zoo keeper exceptionally knowledgeable and amazing to spent time so close to the giraffes. Definitely recommend this experience."

Beth Griffiths, Carmarthenshire, 5 out of 5, 16 August 2018

"Best birthday present ever! What a memory for my 18th a gooey giraffe tongue wrapped around my hands slobbing and sucking my fingers! Able to take loads of pictures and my family were so close they felt like they had the experience too."

Tomas Owen Edmunds, Maesteg, 5 out of 5, 04 September 2018

"Was an excellent experience for my daughters 8th birthday. The negatives are: longer time with the giraffes and keeper (maybe taken around the enclosure obviously not inside) and the admission fee is included in the experience fee."

Cassie Jennings, Bridgend, 4 out of 5, 15 September 2018

"The staff knew all the answers to every question and it was cool feeding such a gracious animal."

Cameron Bews, Swansea, 5 out of 5, 17 August 2018

"It was an amazing experience! Staff were friendly and had good knowledge. Only thing, more food in the bucket!"

Chloe Hood, Milford Haven, 5 out of 5, 25 August 2018

"I really enjoyed. The zoo keeper, Kim, was very informative. A great experience - would recommend to others."

Caitlin Hughes, Carmarthen, 5 out of 5, 07 August 2018

"Very friendly keepers who answered all our questions and were obviously just as enamoured with the giraffes as we were. Could have stayed there and fed them all day (probably not a good idea for the giraffes!). An unforgettable experience that any giraffe lover should do. Wonderful to be so close to them. The giraffes were very gentle and we were pleased Rian made the effort to stay with us!"

Paula Mackey, Treorchy, 5 out of 5, 04 August 2018

"Enjoyed very much but felt it was all quite rushed and expensive for the 10 minutes or so. Also did not have much food to feed the giraffes with as others in the group took most of it first! Individual buckets might be fairer."

Sioned Green, Abergele, 3 out of 5, 24 July 2018

"Our daughter Alyssa had a great time feeding the giraffes at Folly Farm. The whole park is very well maintained and great value for money."

Anthony Tullett, Birmingham, 5 out of 5, 31 July 2018

"I had two zoo keeper experiences for my 40th birthday, with the giraffes and penguins. It was great to get up close to the animals and I really enjoyed the experience. The staff are so friendly, informative and clearly love what they do! It's a great day out even if you don't have children! We are very lucky to have such a place on our doorstep! Would recommend as a gift for any age!"

Rebecca Nelson, Tenby, 5 out of 5, 04 July 2018

"I had the most amazing experience feeding the giraffes to get so close to them and touch them was amazing, they are my all time favourite. Pippa the keeper was so lovely, I'm still buzzing about my experience, Thank you so much Folly Farm."

Belinda James, Cwmbran, 5 out of 5, 02 June 2018

"My husband and I treated our daughter to the giraffe experience as she loves giraffes. She absolutely loved getting up close to them. We all enjoyed it. The keeper was really informative and answered all our questions. I thought it was excellent value for money to get up close to these majestic creatures."

Rachel Oakley, Hampshire, 5 out of 5, 01 June 2018

"Such a privilege to see these gentle creatures up close and learn more about them. Keeper was friendly and happy to answer questions. Brilliant experience."

Christine Hewitt, Solihull, 5 out of 5, 16 May 2018

"Fab experience, really informative and good fun - would recommend to everyone."

Sarah Bolt, Swansea, 5 out of 5, 13 May 2018

"Although the giraffes already come close at Giraffe Heights, it was a different experience feeding them. It made you appreciate their size fully and the keeper was very helpful answering all the questions. I wish I had got a little longer with the giraffes as its my favourite part of the zoo. I would definitely have a go at another experience though. The gift was a lovely touch at the end."

Colette Mumford, Walsall, 5 out of 5, 12 April 2018

"My boyfriend bought me the experience for my birthday. He researched and found that this one was rated the best in the UK. It did not disappoint! I love giraffes and being that close to them and being able to feed them was amazing. It made my birthday unforgettable. Thank you Folly Farm!!"

Ashleigh Kemp, Essex, 5 out of 5, 24 March 2018

"I would like to thank you for this wonderful experience of meeting and feeding these beautiful majestic animals. I had an awesome day as part of my 70th birthday present. Thank you"

June Lloyd, Barry, 5 out of 5, 28 April 2018

"My husband bought me the experience for my birthday and I was super excited to feed them, it was great to be up close with the giraffes and having them taking food from my hand. It was also good to have the keeper giving a talk at the same time I got to ask questions and felt they were answered brilliantly."

Kirsti Norton, Huddersfield, 5 out of 5, 23 April 2018

"I bought the Giraffe experience as a birthday gift for my boyfriend. Pippa, the keeper, was great. Full of interesting facts about the 3 male giraffes, she answered all of our questions! And as for the stars of the show, the 'boys', they did not disappoint and we really did get up close and personal!"

Robyn Stanley, Port Talbot, 5 out of 5, 03 March 2018