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.
AJ's ossicones (hornlike structures of the skull) are angled inward; 14 feet tall
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.
Kita is noticeably smaller and lighter in color compared to the other giraffes.
Although not born here, Kita's family lineage has connections to the Indianapolis Zoo. Through these connections Takasa and Aj are Kita's aunts.
Majani is lighter in color than both of the females. His ossicones are wider apart than the other giraffes.
Majani was named for the Swahili word meaning "grass." He is Mshangao's father.
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 quickly through her first year.
Makena is the first female giraffe calf born at the Zoo since 2000. She is the child of Majani and Takasa.
Takasa has calcium deposit bumps on her forehead, which are not harmful (like freckles on humans); 14 feet tall.
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.
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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
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!Learn More