You’ll hear the faint drumming of African music as you watch giraffes, zebras and antelopes – all living side by side as they do in the wild.
Our giraffes are very tall. Best of all, our enclosure has a walkway where you can stand at head height alongside our herd. It goes right into the enclosure, so you really feel like you’re in the giraffe’s home. Many visitors say it’s the closest they’ve ever seen a giraffe. And some lucky people even get to stroke one.
Giraffe Heights is home to a bachelor herd (male group) of a type of giraffe called Rothschild hybrid. We’ve got three of them at Folly Farm – Taharqa, Rian and Sillan.
As well as our impressive walkway, the enclosure has a large yard. This hard area is good for giraffes’ feet and it’s where we hang their ‘browse’, or tree branches, at head height. There’s also a large paddock for grazing, and a tall, heated house with four separate bedrooms.
Helping to breed giraffes
We’re part of a giraffe breeding programme, but you won’t see baby giraffes at Folly Farm just yet. For now, we’re helping by taking male giraffes (the brothers of breeding females) from other zoos, so they can continue to breed from their herds. This happens in the wild too. The dad will kick the mature males out of the herd and they will start their own families.
Daily giraffe talk
Once a day, our giraffe keepers tell you all about our giraffes in the daily giraffe talk. This is your chance to ask questions and find out lots of fun giraffe facts – like why they’ve got black tongues!