Giraffe

Giraffe



















In 2005, the giraffe herd at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium became the subjects of a longitudinal study addressing the effects of a newly developed diet.

Every six months from 2005 to 2008, blood was drawn from each giraffe to determine the effects of this diet on blood nutrients including fatty acids, calcium and phosphorus. To conduct a study such as this, the Comparative Nutrition Department worked closely with the Conservation Medicine Department and with the keepers that care for the giraffe daily. Data from this study have been presented in the United States and Internationally in an effort to promote a more healthy giraffe diet.