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Giraffe celebrates his first birthday!

Posted by Gigi Allianic, Communications

It's hard to believe, but just one year ago, we celebrated the birth of our very special giraffe, Hasani. 

Almost immediately after his birth, congenital abnormalities were diagnosed in the tiny giraffe's rear legs. Thanks to the dedicated care by our zoo veterinary and giraffe care teams, including consultation with a Kentucky-based equine veterinarian, Hasani was successfully outfitted with a series of customized therapeutic shoes which corrected his condition over several weeks.

Hasani’s story of hope and triumph reached far and wide across the country and around the world. Many of you wrote to us to empathize with the hard work from our staff and to send love to the baby giraffe. We heard from thousands of individuals whose hearts, minds and spirits were touched and inspired by this remarkable story. Today, we celebrate his first trip around the sun and just how much our love continues to grow for him.

Happy Birthday, Hasani! You are loved by the zoo family and community.


Hasani was born May 2 to mom Olivia and dad Dave, and is the first offspring between the parents. At birth, he weighed 150 pounds and was 6 feet tall. Today, Hasani weighs nearly 1,000 pounds and stands at an impressive 11 feet tall!

Baby Hasani in his leg wraps, June 3, 2019
You can visit to help support the animals at Woodland Park Zoo. While the zoo is temporarily closed to the public, the exceptional animal care and veterinary teams, and other staff continue to work to provide dedicated care to more than 900 animals. As a non-profit organization, the zoo is relying on the community now more than ever to help these wonderful animals continue to thrive. Contributions, both big and small, will help creatures of all sizes.

Join us during GiveBIG to make a huge impact for your zoo. 

This year, 501 Commons is teaming up with #GivingTuesdayNow for a special 48-hour GiveBIG! The much anticipated online giving campaign kicks off tomorrow, May 5, and culminates at the end of the day on May 6.

With our gates closed, GiveBIG comes at a time in which your zoo has an urgent need for resources to continue providing dedicated care to all of our animals, each and every day. All gifts received during GiveBIG will go towards our Relief Fund supporting animal care.

Gifts of any size make a difference and every dollar counts; no gift is too small.

Your support provides nutritious food, enriching items and experiences, species-specific wellness check-ups and veterinary care–all of which are part of the comprehensive, highest-quality care your zoo provides to all animals that call the zoo home.

GiveBIG today!