Brookfield Zoo’s Giraffes Love the Warm Weather and Get Some Exercise

Yesterday, Brookfield Zoo’s giraffes (Ato, Potoka, Arnieta, and Jasiri) decided to take a spin in their outdoor habitat for the first time this year.

Brookfield, Ill.— With the warmer temperatures expected Thursday, March 5, 2020 and over the weekend, the giraffes at Brookfield Zoo were given access to their outdoor habitat for the first time this year—a sure sign that spring is almost here.

Brookfield zoo shared the exiting giraffes exercise their legs, apparently enjoying the warm weather outdoors. When a giraffe walks both its legs on one side move together and then the other side. However, when they gallop, a giraffe’s front legs splay out in unison and then the back legs come forward together in between the front legs.

The members of Brookfield Zoo’s giraffe herd are Ato, 4; Potoka, 6; Arnieta, 13; and Jasiri, 14. Reticulated giraffes are native to northeast Kenya in Africa, so the outdoor temperature at the zoo needs to be at least 45-50°F for them to have access outside. When they are not outside, guests can see them indoors at the zoo’s Habitat Africa! The Savannah.

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