Eating and Drinking

Giraffes have interesting eating habits, and eat different food. Each and everyday giraffes delegate most of their day for eating and spend 16-20 hours just for it. They are not picky about what to eat, but consume leaves, buds from trees and bushes, grass, shoots, and most of all acacia tree leaves, which are their favorites. Surprising they may eat 75 pounds of food a day and swallow their food and then chew! Giraffes are herbivores, so they consist on a diet of plants. Later, their food gets regurgitated and they start chewing the food. Ruminating means the same thing as chewing the regurgitated food called cud. Acacia trees are very moist and contain lots of water, so giraffes do not have to drink on a daily basis. Acacia leaves are difficult to get to, but giraffes manage because they have thick hairy lips that protect them from the very sharp thorns.

Giraffes have a unique drinking style and chug a lot of water when they get a chance, or at least when they get thirsty. They look up often between gulps because drinking water is a very dangerous time, and are very cautious so they are on the look out for enemies. At each visit to get water, giraffes slurp up 10 gallons, for they can go many days without drinking. Also, it is because the acacia trees are very moist and contain lots of water. It is difficult for a giraffe to get drink, because it's neck does not reach the ground. They have to bend or spread out their legs, which is an awkward position for them, and is hard to get out of quickly.

Life Cycle

Giraffes have unique life cycles. First, soon to be mothers are pregnant for about 15 months. The baby giraffe, also known as a calf has an unpleasant 6 drop to the ground. The calf is 6 feet tall and 150 pounds. Then the mother licks the calf clean and removes their newborn scent. Giraffes are one of the few animals born with horns, it starts out as small bony lumps covered by skin and hair. While giraffes grown so do their horns. Within an hour after birth calves can stand and walk due to having hoofs. A calf drinks its mothers milk and continues until about 9-10 months. They grow the fastest in their first week. Meanwhile, at two weeks they start eating leaves and twigs. After a year giraffes are about 10 feet tall. A typical giraffe life span is about 20 years. Lastly, but sadly, the giraffes life is over and they die.

Giraffe v.s. Okapi

Giraffes and okapi have many similarities. Females are pregnant for about their 15 months, and their babies are called calves, which have a litter size of one calf, so it is rare to have twins. They are mammals from the animalia kingdom. Giraffes and okapi are herbivores, that eat the same food by using their long black tounges to rip off tree leaves. Thier body's slope downward, and have flexible necks. Giraffidae, is the family that they are in. Giraffes and okapis are relatives, and each one is different in one way or the other, no two look alike.

Giraffes and okapi differ in ways. Giraffes can grow up to 18 feet, and weigh 2,000-3,000 pounds, while okapi can be upto 7 feet, and weigh 440-660 pounds.Giraffes are located in sub-saharan africa, and okapis central africa. A giraffe's predators are lions, leopards, and hyenas, predators of okapis are leopards, serval, and humans. speed of up to 35mph is how fast a giraffe can go, but an okapi can go a bit faster, and can reach speed of 37mph. Female giraffes have horns but okapis do not. A giraffe life span is about 10-20 years, but an okapi is around 20-30 years.