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Gentle Giants

Our giraffes are grace and beauty defined. Recognized for their extremely long necks, which can measure up to 2 meters in length, adults can grow to heights of between 5-6 meters (16-20 feet). In 1999, it was estimated that over 140,000 giraffes existed in the wild, but more recent estimates indicate that fewer than 80,000 remain.

Our Giraffes

Long-necked, long-legged and spotted, giraffes easily hold the record for the tallest animal in the world. Giraffes travel in herds of 4 to 30 individuals. Females are called cows and males are called bulls. Cows and calves stay together, but all the other animals freely move between herds. When young bulls are 3 to 4 years of age, they leave the herd they were born into. Young bulls challenge each other in controlled fights. This behavior is called "necking."  Giraffes are browsers feeding day and night on tree leaves, flowers and sometimes grass. They tend to avoid feeding during the hottest hours of the day. They reach high into trees, removing vegetation with their 18 inch-long (46 cm-long) tongue and lips.
On November 25, 2016, one of our female giraffes named Sabra gave birth to her second calf Theia - the 50th giraffe born at Zoo Miami. The first time father is “Titan,” who was born at Zoo Miami in June of 2012. Giraffes have a pregnancy of approximately 15 months and the mother rarely, if ever, lies down while giving birth.  The baby falls about 4-6 feet to the floor where it receives quite an impactful introduction to the world! 

 

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Adopt an Animal

There are many different ways to support your favorite Zoo Miami animal. Adopting an animal is a great way to say thank you to the animals that make your visits to the zoo special. When you become an annual sponsor, your tax-deductible gift will help our zoo keepers feed, care for, and enrich the lives of our special animal residents.

Support Zoo Miami by Donating Today

General support of Zoo Miami and Zoo Miami Foundation ensures that our commitment to education, conservation, animal care, and serving the community is fulfilled. There are many ways to give and show your support, from supporting an event or program at the zoo, capital support for new exhibits, or honoring a loved one. We are here to serve the community and we can do so much more with your support!

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Upload Your Videos & Photos

Have you been to Zoo Miami lately? Did you take a great photo or video? If so, we'd love to see your work. Submit your photos or videos to have them featured here on our site.

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