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Habitat

There are very few places in the world that Rothschild's Giraffes can still be seen in the wild. These populations can be found in the dry savannah and open forests of Uganda and Kenya. 

Wild Diet

Leaves and shoots of trees and shrubs, climbers, vines, some herbs, flowers, seed pods and fruit.

Behaviour

The giraffe walks by moving both legs on the same side of the body together. Its maximum galloping speed is 50 - 60kph (31 - 37mph).

Breeding

A single calf is born after a gestation of approximately 450 - 480 days (15 - 16 months).

Threats

Hunting is still a big threat and as the animals become more rare, so the attraction for trophy hunters increases.

Conservation

Zoo populations are managed to ensure a healthy breeding stock in case a conservation breeding programme becomes necessary.

How do I adopt a Giraffe?

First choose the adoption package you wish to purchase, see below, and then make your animal selection. 
Adoptions apply to the species rather than individual animals. This is because our animals may move to other zoos as part of breeding programmes.

Adopt a cheetah

Adoption Pack - £30

  • An adopter’s certificate
  • A fact sheet about your chosen animal
  • Your name on an adopters plaque displayed in the Zoo for 12 months
  • A thank you letter
  • A photograph of your chosen animal

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Adopt a gorilla

Junior Adoption Gift Box - £55

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A soft toy of your chosen animal
  • One junior entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packed in a presentation box

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adopt a giraffe

Adult Adoption Gift Box - £60

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A Paignton Zoo mug
  • One adult entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packed in a presentation box

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Adopt a rhino

Glass Adoption Gift Box - £75

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A glass rhino specially created by Teign Valley Glass
  • One adult entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packaged in a presentation box

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