Gorillas will be off display until July 2017.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Gentle Giants

Our giraffes are grace and beauty defined. Recognized for their extremely long necks, which can measure up to 2 meters in length, adults can grow to heights of between 5-6 meters (16-20 feet). In 1999, it was estimated that over 140,000 giraffes existed in the wild, but more recent estimates indicate that fewer than 80,000 remain.

Our Giraffes

Long-necked, long-legged and spotted, giraffes easily hold the record for the tallest animal in the world. In the wild, giraffes use their unmatched height to their advantage, eating from trees that other herbivores are way too short to reach. Here at Zoo Miami, our tallest giraffe is Fezzick, coming in at 18 feet tall. This 16-year-old has secured his position as the alpha male of the herd, being the oldest, tallest and strongest. Fezz is very calm for the most part, but will always defend his herd. He stands out from the group not only because he is the tallest, but also because of his distinguishable dark spots that come to male giraffes with age and maturity. Fezz’ favored female in the group is 14-foot-tall Kita, who celebrated her 29th birthday on February 25. This being a very respectable age for a giraffe, Kita is known to be very mature and relaxed. She is also mommy to our youngest calf, Titan. Titan is only eight months old, and was born on June 28, 2012.  With alpha male Fezz as his dad, Titan has got a great role model! When he was first born, Titan spent weeks getting to know his mom during the early nursing period. When he was brought out onto the exhibit, Fezz and the other giraffes welcomed him. Now, Titan is more independent and outgoing, often coming right up to the front of the exhibit area. Fezz also has a daughter at Zoo Miami, 11-month-old Marlee. Marlee’s mom, six-year-old Mia, is also on exhibit. Two other giraffes, four-year-old Pongo and three-year-old Blizzard also live at Zoo Miami. These guys happen to be half-brothers as well! During the days, visitors can feed these giants with healthy green leaves at the Samburu Station. But watch out, some guests have been unlucky enough to get in the way of an oversized sneeze!

 

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Adopt an Animal

There are many different ways to support your favorite Zoo Miami animal. Adopting an animal is a great way to say thank you to the animals that make your visits to the zoo special. When you become an annual sponsor, your tax-deductible gift will help our zoo keepers feed, care for, and enrich the lives of our special animal residents.

Support Zoo Miami by Donating Today

General support of Zoo Miami and the Zoological Society of Florida ensures that our commitment to education, conservation, animal care, and serving the community is fulfilled. There are many ways to give and show your support, from supporting an event or program at the zoo, capital support for new exhibits, or honoring a loved one. We are here to serve the community and we can do so much more with your support!

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Have you been to Zoo Miami lately? Did you take a great photo or video? If so, we'd love to see your work. Submit your photos or videos to have them featured here on our site.

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