Reticulated Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata)

At an average of 5 meters (16-18 feet) in height, giraffes are the tallest land mammal on Earth. Their extreme height allows them to eat leaves and shoots located much higher than other animals can reach. Their long tongues are helpful in eating because they help pull leaves from the trees. Spending most of the day eating, a full-grown giraffe consumes over 45 kilograms (100 lbs.) of leaves and twigs a day. Even though they are on the least concern in The World Conservation Union (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, their numbers are still declining by a number of poaching activities in their natural habitat in northern Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya).

Zoo Negara Malaysia currently cares for 6 reticulated giraffes. They have been successfully bred since their arrival in the 1980’s. The giraffes then go for exchange programs with other zoos. Your support will assist us in providing a variety of enrichments to stimulate their senses within their natural setting and other maintenance needed around their open concept exhibit. Help us care for these precious wildlife and prolong their existence for the next generation to appreciate.

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