Giraffe Encounter at Savanna Pointe
Open Daily 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 2 - 3 p.m.$4 per person for members
$5 per person for non-members
Children 2 and under are FREE
Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.
The Phoenix Zoo is home to two species of giraffes; the reticulated and the Masai. As the tallest mammal at the Phoenix Zoo, they are easy to spot on the African Savanna. If you want to get up-close to these amazing creatures, be sure to check out Giraffe Encounter and take a turn at feeding them!
Meet our reticulated giraffes:
Jambo- name means hello in Swahili. She was born on July 22, 1986 at the Denver Zoo. She is 12 ½ feet tall when she stands up very straight and she weighs 1400 pounds. She has a heart shaped marking on the base of her neck. She is the shortest giraffe even though she is the oldest. She is polite but not bashful, cautious but not afraid. She is everyone's sweetheart. She has had seven calves.
Zuri- name means beautiful in Swahili. She was born here at the Phoenix Zoo on July 13, 2003. She is 14 feet tall and weighs 1700 pounds. Zuri is shy and sweet, she is cautious with new things, but once she decides they are OK, she jumps right in.
Makope-name means eyelashes in Swahili. She was born on exhibit at the Phoenix Zoo on June 15, 2005. She is 13 feet tall and weighs 1500 pounds. Makope is clever, she has figured out how to get around the hotwire to browse on the trees outside of the exhibit, thus making her keepers and the operations staff come up with new ways to keep her out of trouble. She thinks she is the star of the giraffe herd.
Get to know the Masai giraffes:
Imara- name means strong and resolute in Swahili. She arrived at the Phoenix Zoo in November 2012 from the San Diego Zoo as a part of the Masai Giraffe Species Survival Plan. She is 20 months old and already 9 feet tall! She joined the exhibit in late November 2012, and was too shy to come up to the deck at Giraffe Encounter at first, but now she loves it, and frequently comes up to visit guests!
Miguu- name means feet or legs in Swahili. He was born on April 5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Zoo. He is shy and tends to stay away from people until he is very comfortable with them. He spends time hanging out with one of the female reticulated giraffes, Zuri.