Hunter Valley Zoo has welcomed two new additions in Shingo and Sophie the giraffes

It's neck and neck who is the cutest out of the two new giraffes at Hunter Valley Zoo - and we think its a tie.

The adorable young pair - boy Shingo is just 18-months-old while girl Sophie is two-years-old, have caused quite a stir being the zoo's first ever giraffes.

Zookeeper Riley Lowe said the tall pair were initially a bit shy but were settling into their new home well.

"They arrived about a month ago. It took them a little while to get them settled in. It took us three weeks before we could get them into their main paddock," he said.

"At the moment, they are just over three metres tall each but males can reach almost six metres tall, so they've got a little more growing to go."

Shingo came from Dubbo Zoo while Sophie had an overnight journey from Australia Zoo in Queensland.

And don't worry, the pair will soon be on display to the public and share their paddock with two zebras - just for that extra touch of Africa in the Hunter.


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