Experience the Maryland Zoo giraffe like never before!

What to expect at the Feeding Station:

The Feeding Station features a gated feeding area where visitors can purchase a small branch of acacia browse to feed a giraffe. Guests may also enjoy a separate, non-gated deck for free viewing and photography. A large hand-washing station is found behind the feeding area – always wash after feeding a giraffe!


  • $5 per piece for Zoo members
  • $6 per piece for Non-members

Hours of Operation:

The feeding station is open Friday through Sunday, animal and weather permitting. Please be aware that our giraffe yard must be very dry to allow the giraffe access to the feeding station. Even if it is not raining on the day of your visit, the feeding station may remain closed.

  • Friday – Monday: 10:30AM – 12:30PM
  • After March 25: Daily, 10:30AM – 12:30PM

History of the Giraffe House and the Feeding Station

The Giraffe House was opened in 1965 — built for approximately $200,000 by the City of Baltimore. The Zoo’s first two giraffe were made possible by a gift from The Gildea Foundation. The Giraffe Feeding Station began construction on July 31, 2007 and was substantially completed on Dec 12, 2007. It was designed by CLRdesign, Inc., a Philadelphia-based architecture, planning, landscape architecture, and exhibit design firm, and built by the Baltimore offices of HITT Contracting, Inc. Construction cost was approximately $750,000 and was funded by the State of Maryland.

On May 9, 2008 it was dedicated in honor of A.B. Krongard’s grandchildren — Alex, Ben, Caroline, Luke, Lilly, Maggie and Brandon. Mr. Krongard has a long association with the Maryland Zoological Society’s Board of Trustees and has supported the Zoo not only financially, but with his personal time and leadership skills as well.

Giraffe Feeding Station is proudly sponsored by: