Vakilija, the young female Baringo Giraffe that arrived from Austria to Riga not so long ago, celebrates her birthday. That is a rather peaceful and silent birthday party since the newcomer still adapts to her new house and has not started to accept guests yet. However, she has already had her birthday meal and enjoyed that very much. The today's meal was paid by Asne Beķere who was the first to respond to Zoo's call to support Vakilija with donations of EUR 25 covering a day's ration of a Giraffe. Even more, the meals of Tuesday and Wednesday are ready as well, thanks to the support of Inese Dudareva and Vineta Daņiļeviča.
Already 21 gifts have arrived to the young Giraffe! Now Vakilija's every day's meal is a gift from some person, family of company. Names of all supporters are seen at the SUPPORT page of the Zoo's website. Here you can also find out how to donate.
Vakilija is born in Zoo Schmiding, Austria. SIA Latvijas Mobilais Telefons supported her transport from Austria to Riga Zoo on 22 July 2021.
The feeding of Giraffes in zoos is rather specific and complex. The basic diet is fresh willow forage and alfalfa (lucerne) hay. In addition to that, our Giraffes receive three types of specialized cubes (or pelleted food), 3.8 kg per day, as well as a special diet supplement. These specialized foods and supplements are produced by zoo animal food companies outside Latvia, and designed for zoo Giraffes to provide them with all essential nutrients and minerals in the right proportions to maintain captive animals in good health. Since zoos are the only consumers, the production costs of these special foods are high, and so they are also expensive.
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