One of our tallest residents is celebrating his birthday with fellow giraffes and keepers.
Dayo, the giraffe, is four years old on Saturday (19 October) and already measures more than 12 feet (3.8 metres) tall.
But he hasn’t stopped growing yet.
By the time he is fully-grown, Dayo could be a towering 17 feet (5.5 metres) high.
Dayo lives here at Wild Place Project with fellow giraffes Tom and since September Tico, who came from Copenhagen Zoo.
Nigel Simpson, head of operations said: “Dayo is a firm favourite with everyone. He’s interested in everything that’s going on around him and he has really settled down to life here since joining us two years ago.”
Our giraffes spend their days exploring their large exhibit and, when it’s raining, keeping dry inside their purpose built giraffe house.
Our three male giraffes link to an ongoing field conservation project to save one of the few remaining populations of Central African Kordofan giraffes left in the wild.
Giraffe numbers have fallen from 140,000 to less than 80,000 in just 15 years. There are now fewer giraffes than African elephants.
Experts from Bristol Zoological Society, the charity that owns and runs Wild Place Project and its sister attraction Bristol Zoo Gardens, have begun a critical research programme to map the habitat and conduct a population census of some of the remaining Kordofan giraffes using drone technology.
Dr Gráinne McCabe, head of field conservation and science, said: “Our mission is to establish whether there is a sustainable population of this highly threatened giraffe subspecies in the wild so we can work to conserve and help save them from extinction."
Our Bénoué National Park exhibit is also home to zebras, red river hogs, eland and cheetahs. The Cameroon-inspired exhibit also includes a ‘market village’ with market stalls and decorations for an authentic African adventure.
There are multiple viewpoints into our giraffe house so visitors can see the giraffes at head height and ground level, including 'the hide' where visitors can spy on the three males through a telescope.
Wild Place Project is owned and run by Bristol Zoological Society which is a conservation and education charity. It relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work in the Zoo, but also its vital conservation and research projects spanning five continents.