Friday, April 27, 2012

Feed a Giraffe!


We are lucky enough to have a wonderful zoo near us. The zoo offers different animal encounters (pet the snake, pet the turtle, etc.) on different days of the week. When the weather is nice, the giraffes like to come out into the yard. For $1 a cracker (they look like Triscuits, but are for giraffes) you can feed the giraffes. The kids wanted to do it, and for $2 ($1 each kid) I thought it would be a good life memory. Did you know giraffes have purple-blackish tongues? My kids thought it was hilarious to watch a long purple tongue come out and wrap around the cracker. It hopefully will be a life long memory for them.

You might not have a giraffe encounter near you, but there are always ways to create a life long memory!

Some facts on giraffes:
Giraffes can live for up to 25 years.
Giraffes have 4 stomachs!
Giraffes are herbivores. The tongue and lips are tougher to protect from thorns on bushes and trees.
Giraffes eat 75 pounds of leaves a day!
Giraffes spots are all different. Their spots may look similar to each other, but each giraffe has its own markings!
The color of the tongue might protect it from getting sunburned.

Links:
Wiki
National Geographic
Science Kids

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