Our two new Giraffes are settling in to their new home here.
Because they are only 2 years old, and have left their natal group for the first time, they are still quite shy.
They have access to their barn and stables, their outdoor holding yard and their huge display paddock every day. Visitors to the zoo cannot go to the barn or holding yard - that is the Giraffes' "safe" area to which they can retreat when visitors get a bit much for them. However, our visitors have 200 metres of fenceline from which to watch them. The Giraffes can come to within 5 metres of this viewing fence if they choose to - and they have done so when there has been no visitors around.
Unfortunately, during this past week, some over enthusiastic visitors have jumped the fence in order to get closer to the animals. This has upset them to the point that they have become very wary of visitors.
In an effort to condition them to their new fans, and in an effort also to give our visitors an opportunity to see the Giraffes better, we are holding keeper talks each day at 11am and 1pm. One of our keepers will be in the public viewing area to explain what we are doing while another keeper will be in the paddock with the Giraffes - feeding them browse and building their confidence.
THESE TWO TIMES WILL BE THE BEST OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR VISITORS TO SEE THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS.
Please ask our keepers any questions that you may have - they are very keen to ensure that you have accurate information about the process.