Giraffa camelopardalis

Common Facts

Giraffes are the worlds tallest mammals, their legs alone are around 6 feet tall. Most giraffes can run up 35 mph for short distances and can gallop comfortably at 10 mph for over an hour. Female giraffes give birth standing up, then their young have to fall at least five feet to the ground. A giraffes neck is not long enough to reach the ground, they have to awkwardly spread their legs or kneel to get a drink of water. They live in the African Savanna. Their tongues are 21 inches long, and they have brown spots all over their body. As a giraffe gets older, its spots get darker. They are anywhere from 14 to 19 feet tall and 1.750 to 2.800 lbs. They live for up to 25 years.

Population and Conservation Status

Giraffes are in many different places in Africa and there are over 100,000 of them. This species is not even close to endangerment. There are only two subspecies of giraffes that are endangered and those are the West African Giraffe and the Ugandan Giraffe. Experts say that the numbers are getting lower because of habitat loss and poaching. Therefor the species may become endangered eventually. There are conservation camps in place for the West African Giraffe.

Some Pictures of Giraffes

A Giraffe's Diet

Giraffes are herbivores. They eat things like leaves, buds, and branches from mimosa and acacia trees. The fact that they are very tall makes it possible for them to reach the tops of the trees. A giraffe may eat more than 75 pounds of food everyday.