Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens new giraffe encounter

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CLEVELAND -The new Ben Gogolick Giraffe Encounter deck at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is ready to open, featuring an entirely new giraffe feeding experience for guests.


The new encounter greatly expands the giraffe feeding experience.

Guests will still feed the giraffes Romaine lettuce as they have previously, but is now from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

After the two giraffe calves born last year, the Zoo's herd is up to six Masai giraffes, including males Travis and Jabari, and females Jhasmin, Jada, Grace and Adia.

Giraffes are native to the savannas of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Masai giraffes are found in Kenya and Tanzania, near the Masai Mara National Reserve.

The Ben Gogolick Giraffe Encounter is named in honor of a generous Cleveland Zoological Society donor's father.


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