Giraffe Heights at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Zookeepers at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo have thrown a housewarming party for the giraffes as they move into their brand new home – complete with custom-built, high level viewing platform.

The exciting new Giraffe Heights exhibit includes a revamped barn and a nine foot high viewing platform which will bring visitors face-to-face with Whipsnade’s giraffes for the very first time.

Giraffe tea party

Uno the giraffe snacks from a giant teacup

To celebrate the opening of Giraffe Heights, keepers dished up their favourite treats in giant wicker teacups and served them their very own party food – frozen carrot and cabbage cupcakes. And as no housewarming party is complete without a gift, they will be sticking to tradition by providing the group with hanging baskets to spruce up their enclosure.

Giraffe Heights

Uno and Jengo the giraffes are fed from the new viewing platform

Giraffe Viewing Platform

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s brand new Giraffe Heights viewing platform is now open to the public, just in time for October half term, giving visitors the chance to come face-to-face with the world's tallest mammal.

Jengo the giraffe

One year old Jengo isn't quite tall enough to see on to the viewing platform

The platform will allow up to 300 people at a time to see more than ever before of the Zoo’s reticulated giraffes, with views across the entire paddock and into the newly extended giraffe barn.

Daily talks on the viewing platform will give visitors an insight into the lives of the Zoo's tallest residents, revealing fun facts including why they have such long necks.

Whipsnade is home to five reticulated giraffes - one-year-old Jengo, dad Uno, mum Ijuma, Ina, and Savannah.

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