Hope is a baby Masai Giraffe, and at a height of 7′ 6″, she is the tallest animal on the carousel. Hope’s likeness was a little giraffe spotted by the Darby’s while they were on safari in Africa. The giraffe was peeking between Acacia branches trying to hide. The Darby’s knew not to get any closer. She had the look of “hope” in her eyes though, and they knew they wanted her memory preserved. A pair of Southern Yellow-billed Hornbills are cleverly perched on Hope’s back to make a level saddle area. Both Hornbills have black and white plumage with yellow bills. The male has a red patch on his throat. A green Red-billed Oxpecker is peeking around Hope’s neck, obviously taking a free ride.
Hope, the Giraffe: sponsored by Sam & Carolyn Darby