ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s giraffes are celebrating World Giraffe Day (Thursday 21 June) with their own street-food style feast, ahead of the Zoo’s annual evening Sunset Safari event.
The world’s tallest vegetarians were given treats ahead of Saturday’s evening event, which promises to be a wild night of fun for families, friends and animal lovers.
Street-food is at the heart of Sunset Safari, which, as well as live entertainment and animal talks, features a variety of delicious cuisines from around the world, so zookeepers wanted to give the animals a taste of the action.
Keepers created giant skewers made from willow, with delicious chunks of sweet potato, cabbage, carrot and parsnip on them, for the five giraffes to enjoy.
Team leader Mark Holden said: “Our visitors can look forward to a variety of delicious fresh food at Saturday’s Sunset Safari event, just like the animals here at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo do every day.
“To celebrate the special date in our calendar, we’ve presented the giraffes with a giant vegetable skewer. They have to use their dextrous, elongated tongues to pull the tasty treats off the bamboo, just like they have to tug vegetation off the tops of trees to eat.”
Sunset Safari runs for one evening only, on Saturday 23 June, from 6pm. Featuring a street food market, special entertainment, exclusive tours, and animal talks and demonstrations, visitors of all ages can join in the fun!