101 North Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63124
October 18, 2013
Mr. Jeffrey P. Bonner Ph.D.
One Government Dr.
St. Louis, MO 23110
Dear Dr. Bonner,
The St. Louis Zoo needs the tallest animal in the world, which is the Reticulated Giraffe! This giraffe is also known as the “Somali Giraffe” and is always represented at famous zoos. The Reticulated Giraffe should be included in the new zoo because of their inexpensive diet, their fascinating appearance, and their attractive yet native habitats.
The Reticulated Giraffe has a very captivating look and people are drawn to it. The Reticulated Giraffe is a cream color with tannish brown spots covering their entire body. They have a very short mane running down their long neck. The neck is their signature feature, which is six feet tall and consists of only seven bones. The Reticulated Giraffe weighs up to three thousand pounds. The females are lighter than the male giraffes but the males are taller than the female giraffes.
These unique giraffes have a very remarkable habitat and origin setting. The Reticulated Giraffe can be found in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. Since this animal is not native to North America, most people would never have the opportunity to observe it if we did not include it in the new zoo. The Reticulated Giraffe originated from the sandy deserts of ancient Egypt as early as two thousand five hundred B.C. Their habitat consists of tall green trees, grass, and dirt which means it would be easy to build and easy to maintain. These giraffes only need five to thirty minutes of sleep per day so they would always be awake in their habitats for tourists!
Diet is very simple for the Reticulated Giraffe so they would be inexpensive to feed. The Reticulated Giraffe is a herbivore so they only eat leaves from trees and grass. They eat 75 lbs. per day. They only have two main predators, which are lions and leopards....
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