Giraffes are coming to Lincoln!
Giraffe feeding experience.
During the expansion planning, Zoo staff traveled to other zoos to get ideas about what would be a good fit in Lincoln. While at a zoo in Colorado they noticed an experience that was perfectly in line with firsthand interactions and up-close encounters — giraffe feeding. President & CEO John Chapo immediately thought this would be a perfect addition to Lincoln Children’s Zoo.
“I thought to myself, this is who we are as a zoo — it’s the ultimate firsthand experience. Children and adults will get nose to nose with a giraffe, hand feed them and get a perspective of how tall and large they are.” Chapo said. He added this will be a place where lifelong memories are made and where a picture is worth a thousand words.
The giraffe experience will be the center of the expanded Zoo and feature indoor and outdoor viewing and feeding areas. “We will be the second zoo in the nation to have both an outside and inside viewing deck built specifically for year-round giraffe feeding,” Chapo said. A terraced amphitheater will be located next to the habitat where families can enjoy a snack while watching the giraffes. This stage will also feature shows similar to those currently viewed at the Animal Encounter Stage with a giraffe habitat located as the backdrop.