Giraffe Ossicones

What are Giraffe Ossicones and What are They Used For

What are Giraffe Horns

Giraffe 'horns' are not actually called horns but 'ossicones' and both female and male giraffe have them. Ossicones are formed from ossified cartilage and are covered in skin. Giraffe are born with their ossicones, however, they lie flat and are not attached to the skull to avoid injury at birth.

Giraffes Use Their Ossicones to Fight Other Giraffes

Both male and female giraffes have two distinct, hair-covered horns called ossicones. Male giraffes use their horns to sometimes fight with other males.