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(From right) Robert Morelli, Everett Morelli and Tiffany Morelli of Sarasota feed a llama. They came to see the giraffes and Santa Claus.

The Rye Road Giraffes Christmas circus stretches holiday calendar in Bradenton

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 |

(From right) Robert Morelli, Everett Morelli and Tiffany Morelli of Sarasota feed a llama. They came to see the giraffes and Santa Claus.

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Hannah Storbeck of Summerfield feeds Twigs the giraffe as siblings Ethan (left) and Jani watch. They are from South Africa, and mom Anoesjka Storbeck said seeing the giraffes and zebras felt like a taste of home.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 |

Hannah Storbeck of Summerfield feeds Twigs the giraffe as siblings Ethan (left) and Jani watch. They are from South Africa, and mom Anoesjka Storbeck said seeing the giraffes and zebras felt like a taste of home.

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Aubree Forsythe of Bayshore Gardens rides a camel. She said it was great.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 |

Aubree Forsythe of Bayshore Gardens rides a camel. She said it was great.

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Melman the giraffe is one of two giraffes visitors can see at The Rye Road Giraffes farm.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 |

Melman the giraffe is one of two giraffes visitors can see at The Rye Road Giraffes farm.

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Oona Olmstead of Bayshore Gardens said she loves giraffes but also got to ride a camel.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 |

Oona Olmstead of Bayshore Gardens said she loves giraffes but also got to ride a camel.

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Brandy Waligora of northwest Bradenton feeds a llama. She passes by The Rye Road Giraffes all the time when she drives to work at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary and finally got to visit.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 |

Brandy Waligora of northwest Bradenton feeds a llama. She passes by The Rye Road Giraffes all the time when she drives to work at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary and finally got to visit.

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Irene Downey (left) of Country Creek and Cheryl Nagle of Braden Pines visit the cow enclosure. They love animals and were visiting The Rye Road Giraffes for the first time.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 |

Irene Downey (left) of Country Creek and Cheryl Nagle of Braden Pines visit the cow enclosure. They love animals and were visiting The Rye Road Giraffes for the first time.

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(From left) Jessica Bangora, Tristan Bangora, Ryan Bangora and Elizabeth Bangora, who live on State Road 64 in Bradenton, feed Melman the giraffe. They were driving to Rye Preserve but stopped to visit when they saw the giraffes.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 |

(From left) Jessica Bangora, Tristan Bangora, Ryan Bangora and Elizabeth Bangora, who live on State Road 64 in Bradenton, feed Melman the giraffe. They were driving to Rye Preserve but stopped to visit when they saw the giraffes.

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Sara Mapes (top) and her son, Emerson Ott, of Old Myakka came to see the giraffes but were also fascinated by the tortoises.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 |

Sara Mapes (top) and her son, Emerson Ott, of Old Myakka came to see the giraffes but were also fascinated by the tortoises.

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Crystal Harris (left) and Ryan Harris of Parrish and their children, Abigail and Jackson (bottom), came to see the giraffes.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 |

Crystal Harris (left) and Ryan Harris of Parrish and their children, Abigail and Jackson (bottom), came to see the giraffes.

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Mackenzie Laden ofSarasota rides Gorilla, a pony. Laden loves ponies and also wanted to see the giraffes.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 |

Mackenzie Laden ofSarasota rides Gorilla, a pony. Laden loves ponies and also wanted to see the giraffes.

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Jeffrey Schermerhorn (left) and Paxton Schermerhorn of Sarasota feed the llamas. They came to see all the animals, but mainly the giraffes and more "exotic" creatures.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 |

Jeffrey Schermerhorn (left) and Paxton Schermerhorn of Sarasota feed the llamas. They came to see all the animals, but mainly the giraffes and more "exotic" creatures.

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Hannah Storbeck of Summerfield feeds Twigs the giraffe as siblings Ethan (left) and Jani watch. They are from South Africa, and mom Anoesjka Storbeck said seeing the giraffes and zebras felt like a taste of home.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 |

Hannah Storbeck of Summerfield feeds Twigs the giraffe as siblings Ethan (left) and Jani watch. They are from South Africa, and mom Anoesjka Storbeck said seeing the giraffes and zebras felt like a taste of home.

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Oona Olmstead of Bayshore Gardens said she loves giraffes but also got to ride a camel.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 |

Oona Olmstead of Bayshore Gardens said she loves giraffes but also got to ride a camel.

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Brandy Waligora of northwest Bradenton feeds a llama. She passes by The Rye Road Giraffes all the time when she drives to work at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary and finally got to visit.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 |

Brandy Waligora of northwest Bradenton feeds a llama. She passes by The Rye Road Giraffes all the time when she drives to work at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary and finally got to visit.

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Crystal Harris (left) and Ryan Harris of Parrish and their children, Abigail (held by Crystal) and Jackson, came to see the giraffes.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 |

Crystal Harris (left) and Ryan Harris of Parrish and their children, Abigail (held by Crystal) and Jackson, came to see the giraffes.

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