giraffes in the wild
June 21, 2022

World Giraffe Day

Join us at the San Diego Zoo on Tuesday, June 21, as we celebrate World Giraffe Day. With interactive experiences, insights from wildlife care specialists, and fun surprises for the whole family, this will certainly be a day to remember as we celebrate the tallest land animals on the planet!

wildife care specilist with giraffe

Meet a Giraffe, Ask an Ally!

  • Select times, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Giraffe Habitat

Enjoy exclusive opportunities to meet with wildlife care specialists, horticulturists, and conservation scientists to learn more about the incredible conservation efforts you make possible for giraffes at the San Diego Zoo and around the world.

  • 10:15 a.m. – Special Experiences at the Giraffe Habitat
  • 10:30 a.m. – Horticulturist Talk
  • 11 a.m. – Conservation Scientist Talk
  • 11:45 a.m. – Wildlife Care Specialist Talk
  • Noon to 1 p.m. – Feed a Giraffe!
  • 1 p.m. – Horticulturist Talk
  • 2 p.m. – Conservation Scientist Talk
  • 2:30 p.m. – Wildlife Care Specialist Talk
wildlife care specilist with giraffe

Go Behind the Scenes

  • 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Giraffe Habitat

Learn about giraffes from our team of wildlife care specialists, and take a peek behind the scenes to see how we care for our tower of giraffes.

giraffe spots

Spot the Giraffe

  • 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Giraffe Habitat

Did you know every giraffe has a unique pattern of spots? Become a field scientist for the day, and help us match the neck patterns of our giraffe tower. While you're there, meet everyone's favorite conservationist, Dr. Zoolittle, who will answer all your wildlife questions—big and small!

giraffe looking at camera

Giraffe Crafts

  • 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Giraffe Habitat

Giraffe spots are just like our fingerprints—they are unique for every individual animal. Show your spots and create a one-of-kind giraffe headband or finger puppet to take home and celebrate giraffes all year long. 

discovery cart tour

Special Experiences

  • $55 and up, per person
  • Reservations required

Sit back in the comfort of your own expedition cart on a Discovery Cart Tour, as you enjoy a 60-minute tour of the Zoo with one of our expert guides and experience wildlife like never before. Or join us on a Giraffes & Friends Inside Look Tour, a 90-minute adventure that will take you behind the scenes to experience how we care for giraffes, as well as a tour around the Zoo with stops to visit other wildlife up close—it's a special experience you'll cherish forever!

giraffe plush and t-shirts

Show Your Spirit

  • Monday, June 20 and Tuesday, June 21
  • Sydney's Shoppe

Share your love for giraffes and support our conservation work with a commemorative World Giraffe Day T-shirt! Each purchase will support our critical conservation efforts for giraffes and other incredible wildlife worldwide.

two giraffes

Adopt a Giraffe

Your symbolic adoption of a giraffe supports critical conservation benefitting giraffes and other wildlife around the world.

giraffe mom and calf

Be an Ally for Wildlife

As an ally, you’re investing in the future of the planet we share. Your monthly gift helps create a world where all life thrives.

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