The tall of it

Posted: November 22, 2014 in Animals
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The Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha was ranked by Trip Adviser readers as the #1 zoo in the world in 2014.  I’m not sure that’s true, but the zoo is quite good, particularly for a city of just under half a million people, and very visitor-friendly.  The day we visited, the weather was beautiful, especially for November in the Midwest, a day so warm that we wouldn’t have needed coats.  An additional treat was that it was Appreciation Day with free admittance.

I always look forward to seeing the giraffes. They’re such an interesting combination of grace and awkwardness.  The day we visited, the giraffes were inside, feeding.


While we were close, the glass and lights caused some inconvenient reflections.



The keeper took a large push broom and gently rubbed the giraffe’s neck.  If you look closely, you can see giraffe’s mouth twisting in pleasure.  Every time the keeper stopped, the giraffe turned toward her until she started again.


  1. You really did a wonderful job of capturing these amazing creatures.

    • Thanks very much, Charlie. With glass between us and lots of people standing around me, I didn’t have much scope for choosing photo angles, etc., so I’m glad they turned out well.


  2. This is a great post with interesting content
    I am looking forward for more!
    Keep up the good work.
    Best wishes, R

  3. M-R says:

    The camelopard holds up well !!! 🙂

  4. prior says:

    I like your pics and how interesting that this zoo got such a high accolades – wow! best in world???

    • I imagine that lots of the people who did the recommendations haven’t been to all the zoos in the world, but it shows that it’s an excellent zoo and people-friendly.


  5. Beautiful, ridiculous animals! And now that you pointed it out, it must be frustrating to have no hands and be unable to do anything about an itch…

  6. nowathome says:

    I absolutely adore giraffes!!

  7. Lovely photos. 😀

  8. The giraffes look very healthy. Their colors are striking. AND … Their faces … who couldn’t love faces like that. I think I’ve become a giraffe fan. 😀

  9. storydivamg says:

    I thought that spotted face looked familiar when I saw it in my feed. My wife and I made our marriage legal in Council Bluff, IA last December, and after the ceremony we visited the Henry Doorly Zoo. It was below 0, and I found out after I returned home that I had mono during the entire trip. However, we spent several minutes warming up in the giraffe house and did manage to enjoy our time both there and in the zoo’s spectacular rain forest.


  10. Joyce says:

    There’s nothing like a good neck massage and back scratching, especially when free. 🙂 My grandparents were from Omaha and I had a lot of relatives from there on my father’s side, but never visited their zoo. What I did love visiting there though was Boys Town. I was very moved by that facility, the way it made a home for the orphaned boys, and loved the movie made about it with Mickey Rooney in it. Was a favorite of mine.

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