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Six Flags marks World Giraffe Day

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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is celebrating World Giraffe Day the weekend of June 21-22. (Nancy Chan courtesy photo)

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From page A3 | June 21, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo will offer special activities at its Giraffe Encounter exhibit area Saturday and Sunday to mark the first World Giraffe Day.

The area will have special feeding times and trainer talks. Guests can put together treats and puzzles for the giraffes. The giraffes at the park are reticulated giraffes – females Nairobi, 24, Makali, 9, and Rosie, 5, and male Brandon – named after San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt – age 2.

Six Flags is also collecting old denim and jeans on behalf of Jeans for Giraffes, an organization dedicated to giraffe conservation. The denim collected is recycled and the money raised goes to giraffe research and programs to protect giraffe populations in Africa. Go to www.jeansforgiraffes.org for more information.

Giraffes are iconic, as well as common, animals in zoos across North America, a Six Flags press release said. However, only 80,000 giraffes are still found in Africa. This includes all individuals within the nine subspecies of giraffe, two of which are critically endangered, it said.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or beberling@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
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