Posted on April 2, 2013 at 4:13 PM
Tuesday, Nov 5 at 4:22 PM
HOUSTON -- The Houston Zoo is home to 6,000 permanent residents. Among them are eight giraffes surveying the landscape of the African Forest from on high.
Zoo visitors can get a close-up look at the tallest living terrestrial animals each day at 11 a.m. That's when they can line up on a platform to feed lettuce leaves to the giraffes.
Giraffes can live up to about 25 years in the wild, and even longer in captitvity. There are 9 recognized subspecies of giraffe, and they all live in Africa.
The Houston Zoo is dedicated to education and conservation. Of the 9 subspecies of giraffes, there are three that have populations less than 1,000 individuals, as estimated by Giraffe Conservation Foundation. These include West African, Rothschild, and Nubian giraffes. Several other species are estimated at having less than 5,000 surviving in the wild, including Thornicroft's giraffe, Kordofan, and reticulated giraffes.
You can also watch streaming video of the giraffe's with the Houston Zoo's live web cam.
More than 1.84 million guests visit the Houston Zoo each year.