Giraffe

Matthew Kohlberg Period 8 5/16/16

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Habitat

Giraffes live in Africa south of the Sahara in open woodlands. (Giraffe). living in open savanna of the Sahara (Giraffe 2). Lives in small groups. Habitat is dry and open with few trees.

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Movement

Giraffes use legs, they have 4 legs, and they are bony and strong and parts are tawny, and they run. They run at 35 MPH. A giraffe can gallop about as fast as a horse. But a galloping giraffe looks more like a rocking horse. It swings its neck forward and back with each stride. Giraffes have a funny way of trotting. They swing the legs on one side forward together and then the legs on the other side. Most four-legged animals don't do that. They move each front leg forward with the opposite rear leg. (Giraffes up Close)
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Body Covering

A giraffe's coat has patchlike markings of tawny (light brownish-yellow) to chestnut-brown. The lines that separate the patches are lighter tawny or white. (Giraffe) Two bony "horns" grow from a Giraffe's skull. these horns, which are covered by skin and hair, resemble a deer's antlers before the antlers develop Branches. Some giraffes also have one or more short hornlike bumps on the forehead. The horns of the female are smaller than those of a male (Giraffe) It only grows its fur. it is a vertebrate.

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Diet

Giraffes are herbivores. They eat leaves from many different types of trees, especially acacia trees. They also eat fruits, flowers, and seeds. (Giraffe 3) If they need to, giraffes can go for several days without water. Instead of drinking, giraffes stay hydrated by the moisture from leaves. (Giraffe 2) Giraffes are herbivores. There digestion does not change. Giraffes drink Milk as youth, water as adult.

Reproduction

One calf born after gestation period of 453-464 days. Weaned at 12 months; females sexually mature at about 3.5 years, males at about 4.5 year. may live up to 36 in captivity, 25 in the wild. (Mammals Ruminant (horned) Herbivores) Female giraffes typically give birth to one calf after a fifteen-month gestation period. During the first week of its life, the mother carefully guards her calf. Young giraffes are very vulnerable and cannot defend themselves. While mothers feed, the young are kept in small nursery groups. (Giraffe) Giraffes reproduce sexually and internal fertilization. Baby's grow in female. 1 is born at a time usually.

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Adaptations

Giraffe drink water if it is available but can go weeks without it; they rely on the morning dew and the water content of of their food. Their very long necks are an adaptation to feeding at high levels in the treetops. The neck veins contain valves and a network of tiny veins (rete mirabile) to prevent blackouts when the animal lowers its head to drink. In addition to keeping track of predators, their extreme long-range visual acuity enables visual communication with other giraffe over several miles. Giraffe can run at speeds up to 35 mph. (Reticulated Giraffe) Predators are carnivores on the savanna.
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Other Info

  • Giraffes are the tallest mammals
  • Giraffes have the same amount of neck bones as we do
  • Giraffe legs are bony
  • Giraffes have a tail
  • every spot pattern is different
  • we have the same organs
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Work Sited

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