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2008 saw the return to Blackpool Zoo of giraffes, a much requested species. Giraffes resided in the Elephant House in the early days of the Zoo, but were moved away when space was needed for Marcella and Indra, the two Asian elephants rescued from a bankrupt circus.
The building of Giraffe Heights was one of the early projects carried out by current owners, Parques Reunidos, and incorporates various "visitor-friendly" features, such as high and low level viewing, a raised paddock walkway and a feeding platform.
Three giraffes arrived from Fota in Southern Ireland in 2008 - these were Ciara, Quiver and Sive. A male calf, Timber, was born in December of that year and he has since left us to reside at Folly Farm in South Wales.
Two more females, Sonia and her two year old daughter, Saoirse, arrived in 2009, and Sonia subsequently gave birth to a female calf, O'Grady in early 2010.
The walkway alongside the paddock enabled visitors to have a better view of the animals whilst they were outside as well as the very attractive blesbok, a group of three dark chestnut-coloured antelope which share the field with the giraffes.
2010 also saw the introduction of public feeds of the giraffes, a very popular pastime indeed. What a privilege to be able to feed browse to these magnificent creatures and be so close as to look directly into their eyes and feel their breath on your hands.
The group will not grow in the future as they will be maintained as an all-female, non-breeding group.