Australia Zoo’s Jesse the giraffe is thriving

EIGHT month old Jesse the giraffe is loving life on the African savannah at Australia Zoo.

Jesse is thriving in his home at Australia Zoo, and spends time with his mother Rosie, and father Forest, who is a Guinness World Record holder for being the tallest living giraffe in the world, measuring at 5.7 metres (18 feet and 8 inches).

Jesse’s parents Rosie and Forrest, who holds the Guinness World Record for being the tallest living giraffe in the world

Jesse was named last year at the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner by Ferre De Deyne, Managing Director at Sunshine Coast’s Big Kart Track, in honour of his son, Jesse. The De Deyne family and the Big Kart Track are proud sponsors of Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Warriors.

Ferre, who named a tiger in honour of his wife a few years ago, expressed his joy towards naming the giraffe after his son.

Ferre named the young giraffe after his son Jesse

“There is nothing more fun than supporting Wildlife Warriors by naming beautiful animals after your family,” Ferre said.

Each year, the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner raises funds to continue the important conservation work that Steve was so passionate about. Through the internationally recognised charity, Wildlife Warriors, we are able to protect wildlife around the globe, creating a sustainable future for our precious fauna and flora.

Leah Foster, Keeper at Australia Zoo said, “Jesse is a very confident boy and loves spending time on our African savannah. He loves meeting the zebras each day, excitingly approaching them and running around, which makes the zebras equally happy to spend time with him.”

Wildlife Warriors support a number of long-running international research projects and conservation properties, giving wildlife their greatest chances of survival.

To find out more about Wildlife Warriors conservation efforts, visit