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New Giraffe Feeding Encounter Opens at Philadelphia Zoo

Get up close and personal with Philadelphia Zoo’s NEW giraffe encounter, open daily to the public!

Philadelphia Zoo is thrilled to open a new Giraffe Feeding Encounter. Now guests can get up close to our giraffe trio in this all-new feeding experience. Giraffe Encounter is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. General admission for the Giraffe Encounter is $6; Individual, Dual, Family, and Family Plus members is $5; and Family Deluxe and above is $4. Each guest gets one piece of browse to feed. Browse is vegetation, such as twigs and young shoots, eaten by animals. Depending on the day, guests can feed our giraffes acacia browse (which is what giraffes eat in the wild) or another variety like mulberry or honeysuckle.

Considered the tallest land animals in the world, male giraffes can reach up to 18 feet tall and weigh close to 3,000 lbs. Listed as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with scientists estimating there are fewer than 100,000 surviving in the wild, giraffe are affected by poaching and habitat destruction, with populations decreasing more than 40% over the last three decades.