Giraffes

Description

Fully grown they stand 16-20 feet. average weight is 2,600 pounds for a male and 1,800 for females. Well known for their long legs and long necks. They have a spotted pattern on their skin. have small horns or knobs on their head used to protect during fights.


How is it born? How does the mother care for it’s young?

After 15 months a mother giraffe will give birth to one calf. The mother is very protective for the first week of the calf's life. A group of giraffes will protect all the calves from prey.


How does it get food? What does it eat?

The giraffes long neck helps them get food off of tall trees that others can not reach. They usually eat the leaves of an acacia trees. They can go several days without water if need be. They can stay hydrated from the leaves they eat.


Where does it live, and what are some of its habits?

Giraffes live in African savannas, where they can move freely among open plains and areas with tall trees.



Who are it’s enemies, and how does it defend itself?

The only real threat to Giraffes are humans. They kill for their skin and use parts for good luck in African societies. The giraffe is fast and can use its neck to swing its head at certain things if frightened or angered.



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