The giraffe is the tallest mammal in the world, with even new-born babies being taller than most humans.
Amazing Facts About the Giraffe
- The Giraffe is the tallest mammal in the world, with even new-born babies being taller than most humans.
- Baby Giraffes can stand within half an hour and after only 10 hours can actually run alongside their family.
- Giraffes spend most of their lives standing up; they even sleep and give birth standing up.
- Giraffes only spend between 10 minutes and two hours asleep per day. They have one of the shortest sleep requirements of any mammal.
- Young giraffes hang out in nursery groups until they are around 5 months old, resting and playing together while their mothers forage in the distance.
- Giraffes are sociable, peaceful animals which rarely fight. Males do perform a behaviour called ‘necking’ where they will hit necks; however these encounters rarely last more than a couple of minutes and seldom result in injury.
- Just like snowflakes and human fingerprints, no two giraffes have the same spot pattern.
- Giraffe tongues are huge! They are up to 45cm long and are specially adapted to allow giraffes to forage on trees that other animals would avoid, such as acacias, which are very thorny.
- In New Age religion the giraffe is a symbol for intuition and flexibility.
- The name Giraffe Camelopardalis means ‘one who walks quickly, a camel marked like a leopard’.
- Type: Mammal
- Diet: Herbivore
- Life span in the wild: Around 25 years
- Size: 4.3-5.8m high
- Weight: Around 800 kg for females and 1250 kg for adults
- Habitat: Savannas, grassland and open woodland
- Range: Central to Southern Africa
- Scientific name: Giraffa camelopardalis