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Giraffe

Our giraffe exhibit lets you get amazingly close to these tremendously tall creatures. A giraffe could look into a second-story window without even having to stand on its tiptoes! There is only one giraffe species, but there are several subspecies—two of which are endangered. They are distinguished by their coat patterns and by where they live in Africa. For a long time, people called the giraffe a camel-leopard, believing it was a combination of a camel and a leopard! We have Masai giraffes, native to Kenya, with patterns that look like oak leaves.

Rhinoceros

Rhinos may look tough, but their skin is actually quite sensitive. They can sunburn, and biting insects "bug" them. That's why they like to wallow in mud—it puts a layer between their skin and the sun, and insects. Greater one-horned rhinos look as if they are wearing armor, but they are actually covered with a layer of skin that has many folds. Formerly called Indian rhinos, they are native to humid, swampy areas of Northeast India and Nepal.

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