Go on safari to see some of Africa’s most iconic animals. See majestic African elephants enjoying their enrichment treats, or get eye-to-eye with the zoo’s rhino herd. Giraffe and zebra also roam together in Grasslands Africa.

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ANIMALS INCLUDED

African Elephants
Giraffe
Southern White Rhinos
Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra

EXPERIENCES

The Williams Family Giraffe Encounter open seasonally. Keeper chats scheduled Memorial Day through Labor Day.

At Stokely African Elephant Preserve, you may find the zoo’s three African elephants Jana, Edie and Tonka taking a swim in their pool or see the behind-the-scenes care they receive from the elephant barn’s indoor viewing area. Tonka is the largest African bull elephant in the U.S., weighing in at over 15,000 pounds. Learn more about how you can help wild elephants at https://www.wcs.org/96-elephants.

Baby giraffes rule! Don’t miss the adorable new addition born on December 24, 2020, in Grasslands Africa. And don’t miss the opportunity to feed a giraffe at the Williams Family Giraffe Encounter where you’ll be eye-to-eye with our giraffes.

Our stallion, mare, and foal are found in our Grasslands habitat and can often be found exploring, play fighting, grooming one another, and watching our zoo guests. Hardy and adapted to arid conditions, they might only be observed drinking once a day.

Southern Ground Hornbills are one of two species of Ground Hornbills, and they are the largest species of Hornbill in the world. Their striking black and red coloration is sure to catch your eye during your visit, and you may get to hear their lion-like call, produced by inflating their wattle (throat pouch). This species lives in family groups of up to ten birds in the wild, and they mate for life. They may only raise one chick every 9 years! They are very intelligent and require frequent enrichment in the form of treats, toys, and training to keep them active and engaged. How many kinds of enrichment can you find in their exhibit?

Living out their golden years in their comfortable habitat, Dolly and Polly have been friends for 4 decades. They are never found very far from each other, either out in their yard or in their barn. They spend their time grazing hay and watching zoo guests or taking a nap in their mud hole. They can be easily identified by their horns, which each lady has shaped to her own preference by rubbing on rocks and tree stumps. Part of the Species Survival Plan, our ladies have contributed a combined total of 20 calves to the population over the years.

Get eye level with a giraffe and feed them a snack at the Williams Family Giraffe Encounter.

The Williams Family Giraffe Experience gives you the exhilarating experience of feeding one of the zoo’s giraffes.

Guests can also visit the two-story Encounter deck to get a giraffe’s perspective of Grasslands Africa!

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ACTIVITY DETAILS

  • Open Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • $5.00 per Feeder