World's biggest giraffe: Australia Zoo giraffe named world's tallest living animal

The world's tallest giraffe isn't roaming the plains of Africa but is right here in Australia, according to Guinness World Records.

Forest, a male giraffe living at Australia Zoo in Beerwah on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, has been declared the tallest living giraffe at 5.7 metres.

Forest came to the zoo at age two and has been there for 10 years. He has been busy in that time as part of the zoo's breeding program, fathering 12 calves with a 13th on the way.

Now aged 12, he's not yet done growing.

Australia Zoo is owned by the Irwin family, with Bindi Irwin praising Forest's "wonderful heart".

"Giraffes are doing it tough in the wild, and we're so proud that we can do our part in ensuring this species is around for the generations to come," she said.

Giraffes are classified as "vulnerable" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, with some subspecies considered endangered.

So how big is Forest? To put him in perspective, Forest is about the height of a two-storey block of flats or the equivalent of four cars stacked on top of each other.

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Australia Zoo's male Giraffe, Forest, has claimed a world record for being the World's Tallest Living Giraffe.
The World Record states,

Photo: Australia Zoo

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The previous record holder, a giraffe named Zulu who lived at the Folly Farm zoo in the UK, stood at 5.8 metres but passed away in 2017. The tallest giraffe ever measured also lived in the UK. Named George, he stood at close to six metres tall and arrived at Chester Zoo from Kenya in 1959 and died in 1969.

Australia Zoo reopened last month and has implemented social distancing policies for visitors, along with additional hand washing and sanitiser stations and frequent cleaning of surfaces.

See https://www.australiazoo.com.au/

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