Hi, I’m “Matata”!

Nicknamed “Tater Tot” by the African Safari Keeper Staff, Matata certainly has one big personality!

Matata joined the African Safari animal family in June of 2016 when he was was just 1 and a half years old. Since then, he has developed a reputation as a playful, sometimes stubborn, and curious giraffe.

In the Drive-Thru Safari, he is always the first giraffe to greet Guests in their cars, always checking out each and every cup to look for carrots. Though cautiously-excited when encountering a new toy or enrichment item in his exhibit,

Matata is very intelligent and knows how to follow Keeper instructions “walk”, “slow down”, “inside”, and “target” very well.

Come see and say hi to Matata in the Drive-Thru Safari Memorial Day through Labor Day!

Fast Facts

Scientific Name: Giraffa reticulata

Country of Origin: Africa

Weight: ~1,600 lbs

Height: 15 Feet

Gender: Male

Age: 5

Favorite Food: Carrots

Favorite Activity: Eating Carrots from cars and training with his Keepers