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Eddie the Giraffe leaves Madison with something to look forward to

Find out more about where Madison’s favorite giraffe went, how he got there, and the reason behind his departure from the city.

Eddie the Giraffe

Eddie, Henry Vilas Zoo’s beloved giraffe, is now in Green Bay as the zoo builds a new home for him in Madison.

Liz Lobe

Eddie, the beloved giraffe at Madison’s Henry Vilas Zoo, has arrived in Green Bay for a bit of a vacation. The zoo is beginning making plans for the construction of a new $21 million giraffe exhibit that is set to begin in the spring of 2025.

The 14-year-old was transported to Green Bay’s NEW Zoo & Adventure Park in a 13.5-ft-tall trailer, specifically designed for giraffes. Eddie wasn’t eager to leave Madison — understandable — and took his time boarding his travel trailer, causing him to arrive a day later than expected. He was greeted at his new digs by his new zoomates, Nigel and Zuri.

Eddie loves to eat sweet potatoes and Romaine lettuce, and has been a star at the Henry Vilas Zoo since his arrival in 2013. When he returns to Madison, he’ll be part of a reimagined “Edge of Africa” section. The new space will be large enough for a herd and for the zoo to start breeding efforts. See you soon, Eddie.

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