The Business of Giraffes

giraffesStranger things have happened.  But this is true.  Around the world it seems people are making money from giraffes.  And the Sacramento Zoo could likewise be doing this.

Born just last month, the Masai Giraffe calf – named Rocket – made his debut, introducing himself to excited visitors.  Along with his mom, they are slowly getting used to life in the zoo, being displayed for one or two hours each morning.  There will also be a limit on public access around the exhibit so that Rocket can get to know other giraffes in quiet.  Of course, limiting the visits definitely makes people want them more.

In Minneapolis, giraffes are also making money for their zookeepers.  The Como Zoo is now offering patrons the opportunity to get quite close with their giraffes.  For $5, people can now feed eight month old (and nine feet tall) Francis there as well as some of the other giraffes.  Getting the lettuce is quite a treat for them (which the visitors will feed them) as their mine diet comprises alfalfa, hay and food pellets.  While it was the non-profit Como Friends which raised money for this new area, there will be money made from the $5 a pop for feeding rights.

In Essex County, UK, the Turtle Back Zoo’s $7 million giraffe exhibit officially opened.  This exhibit is the largest at the zoo and comprises: whistling ducks, ostrich, four Masai giraffes and tortoises; it also now is recognized in the 29 Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoos that house 119 giraffes.

And then in Australia, money is being raised for the naming of the new baby female giraffe.  The naming event will be held in Los Angeles at the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner, held in honor of the late Crocodile Hunter.  Funds raised will be put toward the charity Wildlife Warriors that supports global conservation initiatives.

So it seems that around the world, giraffes are making money!