Giraffe Encounter

Detroit Zoo - Giraffe Encounter

Open weekends only • Subject to weather condiditons

Public feeding opportunities are available at the Giraffe Encounter: an elevated viewing platform overlooking the giraffe habitat, bringing guests to eye level with the Zoo’s tallest creatures. From late spring through early fall, 50 patrons per feeding can purchase a ticket from the Ambassador Booth at the main entrance of the Zoo, redeemable for a supervised opportunity to serve special giraffe food. Feeding opportunities are available subject to the giraffes’ appetites, the weather and special events, but is generally open Tuesday through Sunday, in May through September. Feeding times may vary. The only other giraffe-feeding opportunity for visitors is during Breakfast with the Giraffes, which is a private, special event organized through the Detroit Zoological Society’s development department.