August 7, 2014
Usually the animals at the Zoo Miami (formerly Miami MetroZoo) have breakfast, lunch and dinner out of view of us humans. But at the Samburu Giraffe Feeding Station, zoo-attendees can have a hand in the feedings. The feedings are from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily.
The wait-time varies and can be long, but it's worth the two nanoseconds it takes for the giraffe to eat the lettuce leaves from your very own hands. There is nothing like the thick, black wet tongue of a giraffe brushing against one's hand.
It costs $2 for the lettuce, and zoo workers wisely advise that one feed the giraffe and quickly move out of the way. The male giraffe, who is often on-hand for the public feedings, has been known to knock down humans who run out of lettuce and linger too long.
The zoo is open year-round and has a playground, petting zoo, carousel and splash pads for cooling off when it gets too sticky and hot.
Miami MetroZoo, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami. (305) 251-0400.
-- Joy Oglesby