Australia Zoo’s Kat Hansen always knew Forest stood head and shoulders above the rest, but proving he was the tallest giraffe in the world was no easy task.

Despite their warm, gentle-looking brown eyes, Ms Hansen said giraffes were “quite nervous animals”. Setting him up next to a ruler to confirm his height took months of work.

“We had to make sure he was comfortable in the situation, as our top priority,” Ms Hansen said.

“But encouraging him over with some food and making him stand up nice and tall with cameras rolling is quite a difficult feat.


Forest has now been officially named by the Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest living giraffe, standing at 5.7 metres. The 12-year-old giraffe is also still growing.

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