Tall Stories but True at Adelaide Zoo

Raise your gaze to meet Noelan, Kimya and Matum, the three giraffes calling Adelaide Zoo home.

The Convention’s Sunday Zoo Tour will bring you head-to-knee then-face-to-face with these gorgeous, lanky creatures with their stylishly patterned coats (each unique to the individual) and their lovely long lashes.

Noelan is playful, cheeky and very curious – just like a toddler – while Kimya (quiet one in Swahili) is a little shy and set in her ways but always relishing a carrot ice block on hot days! Young Matumi, arriving at the Zoo earlier this year and named for African teak, is calm, curious and enjoys interacting with his keepers.

  • Who knew?
  • Giraffe tongues are a blueish black colour, helping protect them from sunburn.
  • The average length of a giraffe’s tongue is 45cm.
  • Sleepyheads? Not giraffes – they only sleep between 2-4 hours, sometimes less, a day!
  • What’s a giraffe’s favourite treat? Carrots!
  • They have two gaits – walking and galloping (up to 60kmh).
  • A giraffe’s eyelashes help keep ants and sand out of their eyes and protect them from thorns on their favourite native tree.

You’ll discover more about these fascinating animals and their friends at Adelaide Zoo with Tour Leader Sarah Brown (CF2018).

A quote from David Attenborough – “No one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced” is the first line in Sarah Brown’s Fellowship project report. It’s this connection that was at the heard of her mission – to discover how to complement conservation storytelling with innovative technology to connect people with nature.

Read more about Sarah’s conclusions in her project report here

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