About Longneck Manor
Welcome to Longneck Manor!
If you like giraffes, white rhinos, and Labrador retrievers you will have a great time visiting us in Fredericksburg, Texas (about 75 miles from the Austin or San Antonio airports).
Many of you reading this know me and maybe a little something about this post-zoo retirement idea I have been talking about for some time. Well now it’s finally happening and we are ready to share some updates, photos, and stories.
The goal is to provide a fun personal experience while helping to save animals in the wild. We do this by combining the best elements of a good zoo with that of a good conservation organization. So you get to meet some real live conservation ambassadors (both four and two-legged species) as well as contribute to a non-profit (tax-deductible) conservation fund that works directly with proven conservation heroes.
The ten conservation organizations that we partner with all have current or past personal relationships working with our team. We don’t just raise money for friends but for respected and admired colleagues who have dedicated their lives to saving animals and people. We will share their stories of hope and commitment to inspire you to help make a difference.
So peruse this website and let us know what you think. Conservation is most effective when everyone participates. Thanks and Have Fun,
Welcome to Longneck Manor!
From the blog
The goal of Longneck Manor is to provide a fun personal experience while helping to save animals in the wild. We do this by combining the best elements of a good zoo with that of a good conservation organization. So you get to meet some real live conservation ambassadors (both four and two legged species) as well as contribute to a non-profit (tax deductible) conservation fund that works directly with proven conservation heroes.
Longneck Manor is the home to a “Crash” of three rhinos (Fred, Barney and Justin) as well as a “Tower” of three giraffes (Kafele, Betty and Tana). Our animal ambassadors help guests connect with animals in the wild and help conservation efforts with our partner organizations.
Animal Fact Sheet
Our animal fact sheet will give you the facts and figures about our animal ambassadors. Please consider taking a tour or enjoying a stay to expand your experence.
Check out photos of our animals below
Giraffe Barn – aka Giraffe Mansion
On August 12, 2020 we broke ground on the first building for Longneck Manor. This 10,000 square foot, 30 foot high, giraffe barn is not only a top priority but also a state of the art structure. It has everything giraffes require and more. At a cost of over one million dollars it has lots of amenities for the animals, keepers and guests.
Why build such a big and expensive giraffe Barn?
Some may think all you need is a shelter, a high fence and lots of trees to manage giraffes in a semi-captive environment. Big mistake! Giraffes born in a zoo require much more attention and behavioral enrichment than ones that are wild born. Putting them inside a large barn at night, and during bad weather, ensures their safety and allows the keepers and giraffe to develop a closer bond and trust.
For a zoo giraffe the barn is their nighttime comfort zone and a place where they get extra attention and food treats. It is also a safe haven from bad weather and lightening. Would you want to be 16 feet tall and standing in an open field during a violent thunderstorm? Neither would a giraffe.
When designing a giraffe barn you must take into account several important factors. First (and most obvious) are the doors. They need to be 18 feet high and easy for keepers to open and close. The floors of their stalls need to be non-skid and not too hard. Our barn has fine gravel floors and also rubberized coated concrete floors for quarantine and medical treatments. A slippery floor can be a very dangerous proposition for such a long-legged animal, especially a newborn trying to stand for the first time. Other important components are: elevated water drinkers and feeders, natural lighting, restraint chute (for hoof trims, blood draws and loading and unloading animals) and heat in the winter and good ventilation in the summer. Lastly, the barn needs to be big enough to accommodate future offspring and a whole herd (or tower) of giraffe.
To allow guests to safely interact and feed our giraffe we have included an eight foot wide elevated catwalk along the back of the giraffe stalls. This allows both guest and keepers to interact with the animals on their level and away from those large and potentially dangerous flying hooves. To access the catwalk there is an outside stairway.
There are keeper offices, bathrooms and food storage rooms on the first floor at one end of the barn. Above this workspace is a 1,200 square foot overnight suite for guests that choose to “sleep” with our giraffe. It will be a three-room, air- conditioned, Wi-Fi equipped, giraffe suite that has floor to ceiling glass panels overlooking the large family giraffe stall. It will be African themed and have a kitchen, living room and master bedroom.
We are very proud of our giraffe mansion and believe it raises the bar for all future giraffe barns. Don’t just take our word…. you be the judge and come stay with us.
Longneck Manor is making a difference in the wild
Longneck Manor is the home to a “Crash” of three rhinos (Fred, Barney and Justin) as well as a “Tower” of four giraffes (Kafele, Betty, Tana and Kili).
Our animal ambassadors help guests connect with animals in the wild and help conservation efforts with our partner organizations.