1 Click the on the left. 2. Watch a video about Desi, one of the Giraffes at our very own Oregon Zoo! Optional (just for fun) Draw or cut out of fabric or cardboard a giant tongue that is 18-20 inches long and see what you can now reach around the house (or backyard) with your long tongue. You can support the back of the tongue with a stick or cardboard or anything that helps with a stiffer backing. Share a photo of your new giraffe tongue in our classroom. *Fun Fact:A giraffe's tongue is usually black, blue or purple with a pink base/back. This unique coloration is thought to protect the tongue from getting a sunburn!!