The Long Necked Wonders
The Tallest and Most Loveable Animals by Iris ferranti
Giraffes long body parts
Giraffes are the tallest land mammals. They stand at 16 to 18 feet tall in the air. Giraffes have long skinny necks.these necks are helpful in many ways.one way they are helpful is when two male giraffes want to see how is better.When two giraffe males want to see who is better they simple fight by slamming there necks together. this male activity is called necking. Another reason giraffe necks are so important is when the giraffe gets hungry. When the giraffe gets hungry it has to reach its long neck up as for as it can go and snaches up a branch or two of a high tree so if giraffes didn't have there long necks they couldn't participate in male activities and they couldn't be able to eat
Giraffes have to depend on there legs as well as there necks. Because giraffes have many predators it is hard not to sleep without being vulnerable when giraffes want to sleep they will usually tuck their legs underneath them and rest their head on top of their rear end but as I said before that this position is extremely vulnerable so to keep safe they will sleep in an comfortable position. The uncomfortable position is when the giraffe stands up this sleeping position is hard for the giraffe and giraffes can sleep only less then two hours standing but if they did not have there long legs they would never sleep safe. Another reason that giraffes depend on their legs is when their reaching for food. When giraffes are reaching for food they reach out their neck but they also use their legs too so without the giraffes long leg it wouldn't be able to eat! The last but not least reason is when giraffes have to drink water they have to bend down in a funky and vulnerable position the good thing about drinking though is that giraffes only have to drink once a week.
how giraffes are born
Giraffes are much more known than okapi. Giraffes don't live in the thick forest like okapi do. They live in savannas were there are not many trees and in this open area it is very easy to see giraffes.
If you saw can okapi and a giraffe standing next to each other you would saw i'm crazy for thinking that the were related! but they are! A giraffes coat is so well known that even a three year old could tell you what it looked like but an okapis coat is very strong. An okapi looks like a mixture of a zebra and black bear. The shape of an okapi looks like a zebra but when you add the color it just looks scary. The okapis legs are striped like a zebra but then when you get to the body and head it gets to be a kind of purple/red color.
Even though giraffes and okapi are so different they have some similarities. One similarity is their long luscious tongue their tongue is not only long but is also purple.
A Dying Population
hopefully you love giraffes as much as I do and it hurts me to say it but most of giraffe deaths and habitat loss is caused due to human population growth.
Because of us there has been a 40 percent drop in the last 15 years and out of 140,000 giraffes we have killed more then 80,000.
There are many species of giraffes and two of them are endangered.
After all of these horrible things I think I should get to the good stuff. All these deaths have upset some people so they have made a giraffe sanctuary where they don't have to worry about predators or homes being torn down. They can just roam free.