Giraffe Tongues Are Wild!

You can see at Woodland Park Zoo

May 28, 2019

by Gregr


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We packed SpaceBaby into the car and made the trek down into the city from Snohomish for a fun time at the Woodland Park Zoo. I have mixed feelings about zoos because one look at any of the giant kitties pacing their habitats is quite sad, but seeing the animals from the books brings a certain kind of joy to a toddler's life while being a great opportunity to learn from the dozens of staff and volunteers.

SB is pretty little still, he won't be two until summer, so we have limited adventure time before he needs a nap/poop/reboot. My only two requirements for this visit: show him the flamingos and the giraffes - oddly, they are both built from similar features.

Look at those eyelashes!

Our final stop of the day, we were super lucky to show up around giraffe lunchtime when a couple of these wonderful land-dragons were out munching leaves. Woodland Park Zoo makes it pretty difficult to get a good photograph of our African friends, and just as I uttered aloud "you're not gonna get anything, just enjoy the moment" the tallest of the giraffes hanging out in the sunshine, Dave, sauntered on over for a bit of branch at the front of their small enclosure.

A zoo person with leaves then appeared as did the awesome gross long purple tongue to snatch em right up.

by Gregr


Some facts about giraffe tongues

  • About 18-20 inches!
  • They are extra tough to help keep 'em safe from thorns
  • They are extra mucus-y, again to help them get more leaves and fewer thorns.
  • Giraffe tongues are dark to help keep them from getting sunburns!
  • Males use their tongues to taste female pee to see if they're ovulating...

Ok then. 

Bonus giraffes fact: Giraffes love a good photobomb

Dave behind Tufani

k, bye!

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