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Posted on: June 17, 2015

Zoo to celebrate animal with longest neck on longest day of year


Zoo to celebrate animal with longest neck on longest day of year

The Lee Richardson Zoo brings attention to our tallest animals from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. June 21 is World Giraffe Day. This date was chosen because it is the longest day of the year in honor of the animal with the longest neck.

From noon to 2 p.m. you can learn about our long necked friends at our informational cart and enjoy some fun giraffe crafts. At 1 p.m. you can ask our giraffes’ caretakers questions. Immediately after the talk, you can meet one of our giraffes up close during our Giraffe Encounters.

Lee Richardson Zoo has three giraffes named Juani, Cleo and Shingo. Shingo is the oldest male giraffe in North America at 29 years old. In the future, we hope to put Juani and Cleo together for the potential of future calves. Before then, Cleo needs to grow up a little bit more. Cleo is still too young but will turn 2 years old next month.

Giraffes in the wild have some troubles and it is our hope to preserve these wonderful creatures for future generations. Since 2000 the giraffe populations in the wild dropped over 40 percent. Through organizations such as the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) you can help fund projects to protect threatened species.

Join us to stick our necks out for giraffes on June 21.

For More Information Contact: Whitney Buchman, Manager of Distance Learning at 276-1250 or

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