Photo by Dan Starnes.
0412 Giraffe Encounter Birmingham Zoo
A visitor feeds one of the giraffes in a new interactive habitat at The Birmingham Zoo.
The Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter opened April 25 at The Birmingham Zoo.
One of the largest giraffe habitats in the Southeast, the exhibit allows visitors up-close and personal interaction with the zoo’s five giraffes: six-year-old Jalil, four-year-old Willow, three-year-old Edward, and two-year-olds Keyara Jane and Zuri Anne. The exhibit’s 4,000-square foot deck provides access points for feeding and viewing.
In addition to the giraffes, the Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter features avaries that will house African birds such as Lady Ross’ turacos, blue-bellied rollers, emerald stalings and Cape thick-knees.
There is also a retail area with giraffe food and other giraffe-themed items as part of the exhibit. The deck is available for private gatherings such as birthday parties.
The exhibit opens to the public for giraffe feedings at 12 p.m. on April 28. The cost of feeding is $3 for members and non-members throughout the season.
For more information about the exhibit, visit www.thebirminghamzoo.com.