If you’re looking for a truly unforgettable experience in Colorado, add feeding a giraffe to your bucket list. The giraffe exhibit at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the largest herd of reticulated giraffes in North America and their exhibit lets you interact in an unmatched way.

For just $3 per bundle of lettuce or $5 for two, visitors can meet and hand-feed the giraffes at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. It’s sure to be a fun and unique adventure trip for animal lovers. For that price (admission to zoo not included) it’s hard to beat.

Ryan Janus, left, holds his son Tyler Sargeant, 7, as he reacts after feeding a giraffe at the Nursing and Therapy Services of Colorado night at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Thursday, July 10, 2014. Janus and Sargeant joined about 600 other NTSOC clients and employees at the private event. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Lettuce snacks are what’s used for the giraffe feeding experience. According to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the giraffes also receive a daily diet of healthy grain, produce, and several pounds of green waste – also known as browse.

According to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, giraffes are the world’s tallest living mammal. These peaceful, long-necked giants can reach heights up to 15-19 feet tall and weigh anywhere between 1,100 to 2,800 pounds.

A giraffe at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo eats lettuce off of the hat of Zachary Rivas, 10, Monday, July 10, 2017. A giraffe at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo recently made a plasma transfusion to a giraffe at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

Founded in 1926 by philanthropist Spencer Penrose, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo sits at 6,800 feet in the heart of Colorado Springs and is home to over 750 animals representing more than 170 different species from around the world.

Exhibits include giraffes, Red River hogs, meerkats, African lions, Colobus monkeys, Grant’s zebra, vultures, Amur tigers, Pallas’ cats, snow leopards, wallabies, budgies, alligator, Rocky Mountain goats, moose, grizzly bear, mountain lions, and over 40 species of reptiles.

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is open all year round. For more information and ticketing, click here.

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