Children from St. Anne’s CE School in Oldland Common visited Wild Place Project to find out about the new giraffe house, which is now under construction.
A group of 60 eight and nine year olds visited the South Gloucestershire attraction to meet the construction team building the £1.1million house and paddock.
The world’s tallest animals will be making Wild Place Project their home this summer and now work is nearing completion as construction specialists, Dribuild, create their spectacular new abode.
When the new exhibit opens within the existing Edge of Africa exhibit, guests will be able to enjoy an interactive, up-close encounter with the long-legged animals. A high-level viewing platform will not only provide an impressive face-to-face perspective of the majestic animals but will also allow guests the opportunity to hand-feed the giraffe - creating lasting memories.
The exhibit which will also be home to Wild Place Project’s current zebra and eland residents, will feature a waterhole and hard standing area for the animals and themed dwellings and terraced seating for guests.
Tania Dorrity, learning officer at Wild Place Project, said: “It’s great to be able to welcome younger visitors to find out about our exciting new giraffe house. This has been a long time coming and is a result of lots of planning and hard work. We are thrilled that we will soon be able to welcome these impressive animals to Wild Place Project.”
While at the giraffe house, the children also buried a time capsule to mark their visit.
Managing Director of Dribuild, Matt Tyler, said: “Hosting this school visit is a fantastic opportunity to bring the project to life in the children’s imaginations. We are delighted to be involved in such a prestigious project and we are very happy to be able to share this exciting stage in the development of the giraffe house.”
Giraffe numbers have fallen from 140,000 to less than 80,000 in just 15 years. There are now fewer giraffe left in the wild than African elephants.
The Giraffe House build at Wild Place is closely linked with Bristol Zoological Society’s field conservation project in Cameroon, which is seeing a dedicated team of conservationists launching a new effort to save one of the few populations of Kordofan giraffe left in the wild.
Bristol Zoological Society, which owns Wild Place Project and Bristol Zoo Gardens, is a conservation and education charity that relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work but also its vital conservation and research projects spanning five continents.