‘Giraffe Experience’ Open Through September 5th at the Zoo

The “Giraffe Experience” at the Milwaukee County Zoo has been open all summer and will continue through September 5th.

We’ve visited the Zoo approximately 8 million times but we’ve never ventured into this special exhibit.

The unique experience allows guests to get eye-to-eye with the tallest animals at the Zoo.

Visitors can purchase a $5 ticket near the giraffe exhibit at the base of a large boardwalk known as the Giraffe Deck. (There is not a discount for Zoo Pass holders.)

When we visited on a sunny weekday morning, there was a line of about 10-15 people before us to feed Ziggy the Giraffe. It was enjoyable to watch the people in front of us feed him and get a gradually closer view of the animals.

Each paid visitor can feed the giraffe three large pieces of lettuce. The giraffe sticks out its long dark purple tongue and gently flaps its lips to get the lettuce out of the person’s hands.

During our experience, the giraffes got distracted by a loud bird and wandered away from the feeding area for a few minutes. This allowed us an opportunity to take in the view of the exhibit from above and enjoy the new perspective of the Zoo.

Giraffe feedings are offered daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; no public feedings between 1 and 2 p.m.

Opportunities are subject to the giraffes’ appetites, weather and special events. Visit the ticket booth near the Giraffe Deck for the most current details and costs.

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