August 2019 - The net giraffes are the face of Diergaarde Blijdorp and since 1941 they are even in the logo of the zoo. However, the net giraffe is an endangered species. In the last 20 years, almost 2/3 of the population has disappeared and there are only about 8,000 left in the wild.
The net giraffes in Blijdorp Zoo are part of the European breeding program. This goes well as giraffe Kimberley gave birth to a daughter, her third young, in March. Daily, the giraffes can be admired on the savannah.
Slim and tender
In the wild, giraffes mainly eat leaves, shoots, fruits and buds from the acacia tree, but in the zoo they also get hay, willow and rose leaves.
To approach the natural way of eating as much as possible, Blijdorp Zoo had special slender giraffe feeding poles made. For example, tree branches can be suspended from these, so that the giraffes with a length of approximately 4.7 to 5.5 meters can easily eat the leaves of the branches.
Sand yellow powder coating
These graceful feeding posts are designed and supplied by Devi-Comfort from Obdam. The giraffe feeding posts are powder coated by Rotocoat in RAL 1002 yellow sand colour, a colour that matches the colours of the savannah.