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Proper Giraffe Care in Cold Weather [APHIS Animal Care Tech Note]


Author:
United States, Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and Animal Care Division
Year:
2014
Subject:
Giraffe and Animal Welfare--Laws and legislation
Abstract:
Giraffes are susceptible to cold temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. They need to be kept in heated barns at temperatures of 65 degrees or higher. Temperature should be measured at mid-chest level of the giraffe. Giraffes have been known to die of hypothermia in a drafty barn where temperatures in the upper part of the barn were 70 degrees but only 45 degrees at the ground.
Publisher:
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Collection:
Animal Welfare Act History Digital Collection