Uno wants to be the number one

L11-952 Whipsnade Zoo, WWAP Giraffe Uno is small for his age, but aims to be number 1 with the girls.'Laura Kempsell'JR 28'20.7.11
L11-952 Whipsnade Zoo, WWAP Giraffe Uno is small for his age, but aims to be number 1 with the girls.'Laura Kempsell'JR 28'20.7.11

THE latest addition to the giraffe enclosure at Whipsnade Zoo is learning to walk tall to gain the attention of the females in the paddock.

Uno – which means number one – is nine years old and is a bit smaller and less muscular than the average adult male.

But what he lacks in stature, his keepers say he makes up for in spirit.

Louise Jackobsen, who has been looking after Uno since he arrived this month from Norway, said: “He’s already showing an interest in the females and is not put off by their size.

“Since he has arrived he’s been eating extremely well and is as calm as a rock.”

Uno comes to Whipsnade as the zoo’s breeding male and has been getting to know the existing females – Savannah, Ina and Ijuma.

Giraffes are the tallest land animal in the world with the average male reaching a height of 17ft while females reach an average of 14ft. They can run at speeds of up to 35mph.

Visitors can see them close up during the summer season at the zoo as they roam their green paddock.

There are also talks, shows and activities throughout the summer holidays.

To find out more visit www.zsl.org