On that day last spring, which was actually early autumn in Australia, since I had very little time to do the rounds, I decided to concentrate on my chosen “must sees”. The giraffes featured high on the list (along with the felines of course), which was strange because I had been particularly curious about them until then, but on that day it seemed like they were an essential part of my visit. This is where I spent the most time during my short zoo visit and is also where I made the acquaintance of the lady who was sitting there drawing those wonderful creatures. She told me she was from a clinic being treated for depression and that she found that daily visits to the zoo, and specifically sitting near the giraffes and drawing them did her a lot of good. There was also a rather (very) good looking zoo attendant who came to check on the tall gentle beasts and as soon as he approached them, all the giraffes attempted to get their faces as close to him as possible, even licking him with their huge black tongues. One of the most surprising features of that enclosure, apart from the giraffes themselves, was the Sydney skyline in the background. On the last photo you can see the giraffe towering over the high-rise buildings, a visual effect which makes this beautiful animal seem even taller an more exotic than it already is.