The story of Sophie the girafe

Once upon a time...

... the simple story of a giraffe born on May 25th in the year 1961, Saint Sophie's day.

In those days, the only animal toys available were farm animals , horse, cow, cat, dog, hen ...


But one day, a certain Monsieur RAMPEAU,  an expert in transforming latex from the Hevea tree using the patented rotational moulding method, came up with the idea of designing a giraffe. Such an exotic wildlife figure would be a first on the market, and its size and shape would be ideal for a baby's small hand to grasp.

Thus Sophie La Girafe was officially "born" on  Thursday, May 25th, 1961. yes: 1961...

She was an immediate success. Young parents immediately recognized that she was a must have for their baby... When the first signs of teething appear, Sophie la girafe is here to sooth babies.

By simple word of mouth, the little giraffe's fame spread. From then on in Europe, generations upon generations of children loved chewing and holding and hearing Sophie squeak whenever they pressed her tummy or head! Today Sophie La girafe is present in over 46 countries!


VULLI, a company based in Rumilly in the Haute-Savoie region of France has continued to keep the highly guarded secret of how this wonder toy is made.

Sophie la Girafe is still traditionally hand produced today in much the same way as she was over fifty years ago. Sophie is made from natural rubber, using over fourteen manual operations. The Vulli employees manufacture between 900 and 1200 Sophie la Girafe a day.