African Adventure

African Adventure

As Of October 24th, 2022, Giraffe Feed is CLOSED for the Winter Season

Take an adventure to the African Savanna at our Africa Adventure Exhibit! Opened in the spring of 2016, this exhibit is the largest at Turtle Back Zoo. This exhibit is home to TBZ’s tallest residents, Masai giraffes!


Masai giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) can be found across central and southern Kenya and south into Tanzania. These mammals have large, distinctive, dark brown, vine-leaf shaped, jagged spots interspersed by creamy-brown irregular lines. Just like human fingerprints, no two giraffes have the same coat pattern. In the wild, giraffe social groups are fluid and young giraffe males often form bachelor groups.

Although they are the most populous of the subspecies, it is estimated there are fewer than 37,000 remaining in the wild, (recent reports of poaching would suggest it likely to be significantly less). Turtle Back Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and the giraffes are here as part of the AZA Species Survival Plan (SSP). SSPs are coordinated plans to manage the genetic diversity of animal species held in AZA zoos. In support of this plan, TBZ’s exhibit features a bachelor herd of four Masai males.

*Due to weather, the Giraffe will be off exhibit most of the winter season.*

The African Adventure exhibit was constructed to make the animals feel perfectly at home. It features three acres of land designed to mimic the African savanna, a climate-controlled barn with special flooring, giraffe-height windows and adjustable hay racks. It also has multiple viewing areas so everyone can get a good look at all the exhibit has to offer! While the giraffes are the stars of this area, don’t miss the other animals from the savanna, including, ostrich and smaller bird species.

Giraffe Feeding

Offered 10:30am – 4pm daily
(due to fluctuating weather, feed times may vary or be canceled)
*2022 Giraffe Feed CLOSES for the Winter Season as of October 24*

$3/ person

*cash only, so please plan accordingly

*food items may vary

  • Please note this is a feed only experience. Photos are not guaranteed.
  • Touching of the giraffe is not allow.
  • Participants will be asked to use hand sanitizer before feeding.
  • Strollers will not be allowed into the feeding area.

*giraffe being out and giraffe feed are weather, maintenance, and animal health & participation depending*


In 2017, our Lion and Hyena exhibits opened.



Do you see lions, hyenas, or both? These habitats are designed so animals can rotate through them from day to day, giving them new things to see and smell. Right now our newest hyena, a young male, is still getting comfortable in this space, so he will be out in one habitat every day while our female hyenas and our lions take turns on the other side.

The goal is to introduce the male hyena to the females for breeding, but this can be a long process as keepers carefully observe the animals’ behavior to determine when to move forward with introductions.




Masai Giraffes

Lions & Hyenas, Penguins


Open year-round; some animals off exhibit in winter or inclement weather

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