For nearly 20 years, Kianga and Mashama have been keeping zoo guests entertained with their long necks and purple tongues. The giraffes received a little extra attention from zoo guests in celebration of World Giraffe Day.
Mashama is very food-motivated, and eagerly greeted the guests at feeding time. Although Kianga and her son Macario are a little more shy when it comes to people, they are usually drawn in by the enrichment provided by the Zoo staff.
“I like them because I think they’re a little silly, because when you hold up the leaves, they just grab it with their long tongue and I think it’s cute,” says Layla Port, Zoo Lover.
“It’s fun to see them actually reach in devices with their tongue and see their tongue actually work and how it does curl and it’s almost like an arm for people,” sas Chelsea Lee, RPZ Lead African Hoofstock Keeper.
This was the first time baby Macario has celebrated the special day for his species.