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Roosevelt Park Zoo Celebrates World Giraffe Day

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Today is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, but from this point forward, June 21 will be noted for another reason.

Established by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, June 21 has been named World Giraffe Day.  Zoos around the globe and across the United States are celebrating the world's tallest mammal. The Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot is the only zoo in the state to house giraffes. And today, zoo-goers were able to get up close and personal with the towering animals. People were able to hand-feed the giraffes, work on giraffe enrichment projects and learn some new facts about the purple-tongued animals.

"Obviously, if we were just keeping these giraffes for our own personal sake, it wouldn't be a very good thing," says Zoo Keeper Allison Suda. "It's very important our giraffes are teaching other people about conservation education because that's why they're here, to bring people closer to wildlife, and to teach them about what we can do to save those in the wild."

There are less than 80,000 individual giraffes left in Africa, according to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. That's 60,000 less than the number recorded in 1999.
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