Two new tall residents at Madison's zoo will debut to visitors this week.
The Henry Vilas Zoo is home for Wally and Eddie, two young, male, reticulated giraffes who are settling in and should be ready to greet visitors Thursday, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said Wednesday.
Wally, a 1-year-old, came to the zoo from the Niabi Zoo in Illinois, and Eddie (Sita), 4 years old, came to Madison from the Dallas Zoo in Texas.
Henry Vilas Zoo?s previous reticulated giraffes, Bo (Zawadi) and Shaggy (Sweta), were on loan from the Minnesota Zoo and have returned home.
Reticulated giraffes are a subspecies of giraffes named for a distinctive pattern -- brown, regular, box-shaped spots with white lines in between, the county said in a news release. The pattern is good camouflage in their natural habitat -- the dry savannas and open woodlands of northeast Africa (Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia).