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.
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.
Mshangao is the smallest of the four giraffes. He bears a coat of lighter, caramel-colored patches like his father Majani.
Mshangao is the sixth calf, all males, for Takasa. His name means "surprise" or "amazement" in Swahili.
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.
Look no further. Connect with our amazing animals and learn about the wild places they come from.
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