There’s high up fun at Whipsnade Zoo’s new giraffe platform

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Giraffes at Whipsnade Zoo invited a few friends around for a house warming party to celebrate their new high level viewing platform, affectionately known as Giraffe Heights.

Opened to the public on Friday, it makes it easier to get face to face with the massive 16 and a half foot tall Ina and her family, although one year old baby Jengo might need to stand on his tip toes.

L13-1261    22/10/13   MBLN'Giraffe Heights at Whipsnade Zoo opens.'wk 43 AOD JX

L13-1261 22/10/13 MBLN'Giraffe Heights at Whipsnade Zoo opens.'wk 43 AOD JX

Daily talks on the viewing platform give visitors an insight into the lives of the zoo’s tallest residents, revealing fun facts including why they have such long necks.

Senior keeper Craig White was excited to be the first to hand feed the giraffes their favourite grub at eye level, “We like to feed at head height as it helps with their digestion,” he said.

“The zoo has never had anything like this before so it’s fantastic.”