Hungry Giraffes Gobble Up Favourite Tree Snacks

Hungry giraffes live the high life as they neck down branchfuls of their favourite leafy treats.

Keepers at Schoenbrunn Zoo, Vienna, laid on branches of freshly chainsawed beech, oak, willow, birch, ash, and maple all pruned from pristine Austrian Federal Forests.

Video footage of the special feeding time, filmed on 14th May, shows the giraffes gobbling down the tasty shrubbery.

Experts said fresh greenery is very important for their health in an urban zoo and the variety adds more natural interest to their diet.

Schoenbrunn Zoo/Newsflash

Zoo director Stephan Hering-Hagenbeck said in a statement obtained by Newsflash: “In their natural habitat, giraffes primarily eat leaves.

“It’s not just the ingredients that are important. The animals wrap around the leaves with their long tongues and skillfully tear them off.

“This stimulates saliva flow and is important for their digestion.”

Austrian Federal Forests board member Andreas Gruber said, “We are committed to climate-friendly forests and to promoting biodiversity on our land.

“This is what connects us to Schoenbrunn Zoo. It is, therefore, a pleasure for us to make some of our forests’ diversity available to the zoo’s animals as a meal.”

Gruber added that besides the giraffes other animals like elephants, rhinos, colobus monkeys, reindeer, and water buffalos all get to taste the fresh treats.

Schoenbrunn Zoo director Dr Stephan Hering-Hagenbeck (right), and Andreas Gruber, board member of the Austrian Federal Forests, pose in undated photo. The giraffes were given fresh leaves to munch on, on May 14, 2024. (Daniel Zupanc/Newsflash)
Image shows a giraffe at the Schoenbrunn Zoo, in Vienna, Austria, undated photo. The giraffes were given fresh leaves to munch on, on May 14. 2024. (Daniel Zupanc/Newsflash)

To find out more about the author, editor or agency that supplied this story – please click below.
Story By: Georgina JedikovskaSub-EditorGeorgina JedikovskaAgency: Newsflash

The Ananova page is created by and dedicated to professional, independent freelance journalists. It is a place for us to showcase our work. When our news is sold to our media partners, we will include the link here.


We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Signup to our Newsletter