Al Ain Zoo provides endangered Rothschild’s Giraffes with highest standards of care

- June 22, 2022 , by Maagulf
Al Ain Zoo provides endangered Rothschild’s Giraffes with highest standards of care

Al Ain: As part of Al Ain Zoo's efforts to protect rare and endangered species, it pays special attention to the safety and wellbeing of the Rothschild's Giraffes, as they are classified as "endangered" by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due the continuous destruction of their natural habitats and illegal hunting.

Native to Kenya's and Uganda's African desert savannah, the Zoo currently hosts 19 Rothschild's Giraffes, the most senior of which is 25 years old.

Al Ain Zoo started housing the Rothschild's Giraffes back in 1974, providing them with the utmost levels of care and initiated a breeding programme. Now, the Rothschild's Giraffe family has successfully grown to six males and 13 females.

Giraffes are known to be the tallest mammals on the planet, and the Rothschild's measures up to two metres in height at birth, reaching up to 5.8 metres in adulthood. Their prehensile tongue is around 45 centimetres long in order to wrap around high branches and strip the leaves that make up the bulk of their diet.

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