The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an African even-toed hoofed mammal, the tallest of all land living animals, and the largest ruminant. Its scientific name, which is similar to its archaic English name of camelopard, refers to its irregular patches of color on a light background, which bear a resemblance to a leopard’s spots, and its face, which is similar to that of a camel. In addition to these features, the giraffe is recognized for its extremely long neck and legs and prominent horns. The giraffe stands 5 to 6 meters tall with an average weight of 1200 kilograms for males and 830 kilograms for females. The giraffe is classified under the family Giraffidae along with its closest extant relative, the okapi. The giraffes diet mainly consists of Acacia Leaves which is their favorite food. This photo was taken at Koffylaagte Game Lodge.
Some Facts About Giraffes:
Its tongue is 18 inches long.
Typically get most of their water from the Acacia leaf, but will drink up to 10 gallons of water per day.
The horns or knobs on the giraffes head are called Ossicones
Their heart is 610mm long and weighs about 12 kilograms
Their heart beats up to 170 times/minute
Some More Facts About Giraffes:
Their tongue is black.
Only found naturally in Africa.
Can gallop around 49 to 57 kilometers per hour.
Males known as bulls.
Females known as cows.
Favorite food – Acacia Leaves
Giraffes usually only sleep about 5 minutes at a time.
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