GIRAFFE The tallest living animal
Giraffes are the tallest mammals on Earth. They are identified by their long necks. They have equally long and spindly legs and spotted coats.
Giraffes live in savannas throughout Africa. They like open woodlands that have scattered trees and bushes, making the savannas perfect for themselves.
Giraffes are the tallest mammals on Earth. Their legs alone are taller than many humans—about 6 feet.
The giraffe’s tongue is a substantial 21 inches (53 centimeters) long.
It is a large animal which weighs about 275 kilograms.
As in cattle, female giraffes are called cows, while the males are called bulls. Baby giraffes are called calves. A group of giraffes is aptly called a tower. Towers typically have 10 to 20 members.
They can run as fast as 35 miles an hour over short distances or cruise at 10 mph over longer distances.
A giraffe’s spots are much like human fingerprints. No two individual giraffes have exactly the same pattern.
Every giraffe has two hair-covered horns called ossicones. Male giraffes use their horns to playfully fight with one another.
They also spar by swinging their heads at one another and entwining their necks, which is called “necking.”
Giraffes need only 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period! They often achieve that in quick naps that may last only a minute or two at a time. They can sleep standing up.
They can live for 10 to 15 years in the wild and 20 to 25 years in captivity.