Long Island Giraffe

*PLEASE NOTE: Bobo does not arrive until the weather gets warm. Our Giraffe Encounter is available Mid-May thru Mid October. We are in the process of planning to build a heated giraffe barn for two giraffe in the future. Thank you for your support.
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Giraffes come from the African savanna area. They are the tallest mammals on earth, ranging from 14 to 19 feet tall. All giraffes are tan with spotted coats, but every giraffe has a different pattern, which makes each one unique.

As herbivores, they receive nutrition by browsing the tops of trees where they can find buds, leaves, and plants that other animals cannot reach. They eat hundreds of pounds of leaves each week, but finding the ideal amount of food usually requires them to travel for miles.

The giraffe can reach speeds of 35 miles an hour, due to their long legs (which are over six feet tall). Typically, they cruise at a steady pace of 10 miles an hour when they are roaming open grasslands. The giraffe’s stature gives them many advantages, the most notable being that they can see their predators approaching from miles away in the savanna.

One disadvantage of their height is the hazardous act of drinking water from a hole. In order to drink water, giraffes must spread their legs and bend down in an awkward position that makes them an easy target for predators―specifically, Africa’s intimidating cats. Thankfully, they only have to drink every few days because they receive an excessive amount of water from the plants.

Our giraffe named Bobo is a male (born July 2021) who will be here mid May thru mid October. We can’t wait for you to meet him!

Once the warm weather arrives, guests can experience a personal encounter with the Long Island Game Farm’s Giraffe. During the encounter, guests can feed him a healthy snack and take photos with him. Animal Education staff will also be on-hand to answer questions and share interesting facts about this gentle giant. Your encounter dollars will go towards building a heated giraffe house! Thank you for your support.