Love reaches new heights!

Giraffe TafariGiraffes, the tallest land mammal in the world, 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 as humans do. 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 helps giraffes pluck tasty vegetation from branches. Their height gives them the advantage to also keep a sharp lookout across the savanna for predators.

Meet Tafari, a male giraffe born at the Milwaukee County Zoo on September 16 to first-time mom Ziggy and first-time dad Bahatika. At birth, the not-so-little guy weighed 158 pounds and was around 5 feet 8 inches tall. The Zoo invited the public to vote online for their favorite name. The name Tafari was announced as the winning name. Tafari is a word from African origin meaning “he who inspires awe.”

Sponsor Tafari for only $35 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, 2016.

Limited-time sponsorship package includes:

  • An adorable plush-toy giraffe
  • A 4-by-6-inch photo of Tafari
  • A certificate of sponsorship
  • A colorful fact sheet about reticulated 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 gift card
  • And a solid chocolate heart

Send your gift anywhere in the continental United States for $35 plus $5 shipping and handling (per package). We must receive your order by Feb. 5, 2016, to guarantee delivery for Valentine’s Day.

Plush-toy giraffe

Sponsor Tafari the giraffe for yourself
Sponsor Tafari the giraffe as a gift

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

Sponsor an Animal

The tax-deductible portion of this sponsorship is $22. Shipping and handling is not tax-deductible. Merchandise included in the package includes 5.6 percent WI sales tax. Plush-toy, candy and photo 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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