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Riga Zoological garden to weigh giraffes

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Riga Zoological garden will organize a special Giraffes Day on September 8 from 13:00 to 15:00. All the long neck animals that are kept in the zoo will be weighted as part of this event. Visitors will have an opportunity to learn the weights of Piks, Periskops, Usmis and Kimi.

Thanks to Viasat Nature documentary television channel, the zoo acquired a special weighing machine that can be used to weigh large animals (up to 3 000 kg). Weighing these grand animals is no simple task. Giraffes are easily frightened and are overly cautious by nature, so it is very hard for them to get used to new things.

Acquiring the weighing machine and having an opportunity to weigh the animals is a very important step in ensuring their wellbeing. The machine will help zookeepers follow and maintain the animals’ health and development. The weight of an animal is an important health index and greatly helps preparing accurate doses of medicine.

Different activities are planned for the eventful day – orientation games, creative workshops, erudition games and activities for the whole family. The event will be hosted by Vita Balcunaite.

Any visitor will be able to watch the giraffes as they eat, and try to find how Piks, Periskops, Usmis and Kimi differ from one another. Creative workshops will offer children an opportunity to draw giraffes, make ones from clay or put together a giraffe puzzle. Other children will be offered to test their knowledge about giraffes in an erudition game.

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