Reticulated Giraffe
Reticulated Giraffe
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ABout Reticulated Giraffe

AWKWARD AS THEY MAY BE, GIRAFFES CAN RUN UP TO 35 MPH. MOTHERS GIVE BIRTH STANDING UP.

Giraffes have a long, black, prehensile tongue that’s easily noticeable because it’s out so much as they pull leaves from treetops. The dark color comes from a pigment called melanin that reduces the risk of sunburn.

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FACTS & STATISTICS
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Average Size
Up to 18 feet tall, weigh up to 2,800 pounds
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Native Region
Central & Southern Africa
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Eating Habits
Leaves from all trees
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Conservation status
Vulnerable
Distinguishing characteristics

AJ's ossicones (hornlike structures of the skull) are angled inward; 14 feet tall

Fun Facts

If you feed a giraffe at the Indianapolis Zoo, you will most likely be feeding AJ. She is food motivated and easy going. AJ was born here at the Zoo and is also Takasa's sister.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Kita is noticeably smaller and lighter in color compared to the other giraffes.

Fun Facts

Although not born here, Kita's family lineage has connections to the Indianapolis Zoo. Through these connections Takasa and Aj are Kita's aunts.

Distinguishing characteristics

Majani is lighter in color than both of the females. His ossicones are wider apart than the other giraffes.

Fun Facts

Majani was named for the Swahili word meaning "grass." He is Mshangao's father.

Distinguishing characteristics

Makena has lighter caramel-colored patches and is the smallest of the herd. While being around 6 ft tall when she was born, Makena will grow around 9 feet taller by her 1st birthday.

Fun Facts

Makena is the first female giraffe calf born at the Zoo since 2000. She is the child of Majani and Takasa.

Distinguishing characteristics

Takasa has calcium deposit bumps on her forehead, which are not harmful (like freckles on humans); 14 feet tall.

Fun Facts

Although Takasa is intrigued by visitors, she is typically very shy around strangers. She is very particular about things and is often referred to as a princess. Takasa was born here at the Zoo. She is AJ's sister and Mshangao's mother.

Come see for yourself.

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WHERE ARE THEY AT THE ZOO
The Reticulated Giraffe is located in the Plains Exhibit.
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Additional Experiences
Climb aboard the White River Junction Train Ride for a tour of the "Zoo behind the Zoo."

Riders will enjoy a 10-minute narrated journey and learn about our Plains animals, greenhouse, gardens, the Zoo’s
15,000-square-foot veterinary hospital, maintenance and commissary departments and other behind-the-scenes operations
necessary to run the Zoo. Available mid-March through December, riders will also learn about the Zoo’s animal conservation
mission.

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Sponsor a Giraffe

The Animal Amigo program helps care for all of the animals at the Zoo by funding food, medical treatment, equipment, enrichment toys, and habitat improvement for the animals in our care. For a donation of $100 or more, you can sponsor a giraffe at the Indianapolis Zoo. You will receive a plush, collector card, certificate and recognition on the Animal Amigo donor board!

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