World Giraffe Day is held on the 21st June every year and is an initiative set up by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to celebrate the longest-necked animal on the longest day of the year!
To mark the occasion, Twycross Zoo is celebrating the wonderful world of giraffes with a weekend dedicated to and raise awareness for this amazing species. On Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June the Leicestershire-based zoo and conservation charity will host a number giraffe based activities, games and talks.
Visitors can go along to Giraffe Savannah throughout the weekend and hear from Twycross Zoo’s award-winning discovery and learning team and get to know the all-male herd – Epesi, Setanta and Brad.
Epesi is 9 years old, the oldest of Twycross Zoo’s herd, and his name means ‘swift’ in Swahili. Setanta, named after an Irish folklore hero, was born in Ireland and has just turned 7 years old and Brad is the youngest of the herd at 5 years old.
Matyas Liptovszky, Head of Life Sciences, said: “It is estimated that there is a population of less than 100,000 giraffes in the wild, with threats including habitat loss and poaching, which has led to the species being classified as vulnerable by the IUCN.”
“Our Giraffe Celebrations Weekend is a fantastic opportunity for our visitors to find out more about the challenges wild giraffes face as well as enjoy a giraffe-themed day out.”
For those wanting an up close and personal experience with the tallest of the land animals, Twycross Zoo offer giraffe feeding experiences, allowing visitors to get closer than ever imagined. Giraffe adoptions are also available from the Twycross Zoo Gift Shop – the perfect gift for any giraffe lover!
Twycross Zoo is open to the public from 10am to 6pm daily. For more information on visiting go to www.twycrosszoo.org.