Way Beyond Watching.
Discover giraffe daily during Zoo hours, Mountain Time, weather permitting.
- Outdoor Giraffe Cam 1 – The original with guest feeding views up-close, shown below.
- Outdoor Giraffe Cam 2 – Wider opposite view of yard with guests and drawbridge, shown below.
Giraffe Herd FAQs
How long are giraffe pregnant?
Giraffe gestation is an average of 14.5 months. Could be as short as 13 or as long as 15!
How many giraffe are in our herd?
We currently have 16 reticulated giraffe in our herd!
How old is the youngest in the herd, Rae?
Rae won’t be the baby for much longer, she was ONE on April 26, 2018. (The oldest is Tamu at 32 years old!)
What are the keepers feeding them in the videos we’ve seen?
The tan wafers are rye crisp crackers, which keepers use for special treats during training. You may have also seen them eating romaine lettuce leaves. Both are tasty snacks for our herd! Guests can feed our giraffe romaine lettuce any time of day for just $3 per bundle or $5 for two.
Why are some of the giraffe in the main yard and some in the side yard near the barn?
Most mornings, the giraffe are given the choice to go outside into the main yard or not – it’s their choice. If they do not go out all the way into the main yard, they can also stay in the side yard. Additionally, keepers may have separated specific giraffe from the herd for training or husbandry purposes.
Will the calves stay at CMZoo or will they be transferred to another facility?
All the calves will stay with our herd for some time. If recommended by the Species Survival Plan, which is a cooperative breeding program that most zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums participate in, they could move when they’re older. There is a geneticist that looks at the genetics and determines which animals should breed. If these babies have valuable genetics, they could move to another accredited zoo to start their own family, but it wouldn’t be for a while.
– Enjoy seeing the giraffe pass through their specially designed drawbridge first thing in the morning to go outside, and then return through the bridge to go inside for the night (times do vary). Learn more about giraffe.
– Can you spot our drinking giraffe sculpture? (Look in the top-left of the Cam 1 image.) It was created to mimic how giraffe have to bend down to drink. Frequent cam viewers have nicknamed the sculpture “Duncan,” since it looks like it’s dunking its head in the pond! Check out our Facebook video throwback of this giraffe sculpture’s installation.
– Watch for our older giraffe calf, “Rae.” She is often outside with the rest of the herd and is great friends with her great grandmother, Tamu. Stay tuned to our social media channels for updates! Click here for more about Rae, who arrived April 26, 2017.