Happy Birthday, Josie
It’s celebration time for DZG’s Rothschild giraffe, Josie, who marks her fourth birthday today.
Keepers will be making sure Josie has lots of birthday treats throughout the day come and say hello to her if you’re on site.
The subspecies, named after zoologist Lord Walter Rothschild, originates from Uganda and west-central Kenya and is easily distinguished by a coat of ragged brown patches separated by lighter coloured hair; each giraffe has a unique coat pattern.
CAPTION: Trainee keeper Jo Turner with female Rothschild giraffe, Josie, who celebrates her fourth birthday today.
DID YOU KNOW . . .
A giraffe’s neck can grow up to 2metres in length and has seven neck bones the same as humans.
Giraffes can gallop at up to 56 kilometres per hour to avoid predators!
Each giraffe has a unique coat pattern, rather like a fingerprint.