Head and shoulders above the rest!

Reticulated giraffe, ZiggyMeet Ziggy, one of the Zoo’s newest female giraffes. Ziggy, who is 3 years old, came to the Milwaukee County Zoo in May 2013 to be a breeding partner to Bahatika, the Zoo’s male giraffe.

Giraffes, the tallest land mammal, tower over the African plains. They could look into a second-story window without even standing on their tiptoes! The 6-foot-long neck of a giraffe has seven vertebrae, the same number that humans have. However, each vertebra is much longer. Giraffes use their height to their advantage, browsing on leaves on top of trees that most other animals can’t reach. Even their tongue is long! The 21-inch, prehensile tongue help giraffes pluck tasty vegetation from branches. Their height gives them the advantage to also keep a sharp lookout across the savanna for predators.

Sponsor Ziggy for only $30 and help support all the animals at the Zoo. An animal sponsorship is a great gift for birthdays, anniversaries or even a special Valentine’s Day “treat!” This limited-time offer is available through April 30, 2014.

Limited-time sponsorship package includes:

  • An adorable plush-toy giraffe
  • A certificate of sponsorship
  • A colorful fact sheet about giraffes
  • An invitation to a behind-the-scenes event for animal sponsors held in August
  • A one-year subscription to Alive magazine and Wild Things newsletter
  • Sponsor recognition on our "All in the Family" donor board for a year
  • An Animal Sponsor decal
  • And a solid chocolate heart
  • Make this a gift and we will include an acknowledgement card.

This valentine sponsorship is only $30 and can be mailed anywhere in the continental United States.

To guarantee Valentine’s Day delivery via the mail, we need to receive your order by February 5, 2014.

Plush-toy giraffe

Sponsor Ziggy, the reticulated giraffe, for yourself
Sponsor Ziggy, the reticulated giraffe, as a gift


If you prefer to mail your order in with a check, print off this convenient order form.

Sponsor an Animal

Your gift is tax-deductible. Merchandise included in the package includes 5.6% WI sales tax.
Plush-toys and candy offers are good while supplies last.

Your contribution may qualify for matching gifts. Please check with your employer.

The proceeds from the Sponsor an Animal program enhance animal exhibits and help all of the animals at the Zoo. In accordance with WI Statute 440.455, a financial statement of the Zoological Society will be provided upon request.

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