Name - Giraffe
Scientific Name : Giraffa Camelopardalis
Type : Mammal
Age : 20 -25 Years
Diet : Herbivore
Height : 4m – 6m
Weight : 550kg – 1930kg
Top Speed : 30mph
Colour : Brown , Red , Black , White , Tan
Skin Type : Hair
Lifespan : 20 – 25 Years
Current Population : 111,000
Current Population Trend :
Native : africa
Main Pray : Leaves , Fruits , Seeds
Habitat : Open Woodland And Savannah
Predators : 1200
Average Litter Size : 1
Lifestyle : Diurnal
Favorite Food : Leaves
Giraffes only need to drink water once every couple of days. They get most of their water from their plant-based diet—which is good considering their height makes the process of drinking difficult (and, if a lion happens upon a drinking giraffe, even dangerous).
Over short distances, giraffes can run at speeds up to 35 mph.
Female giraffes often return to where they were born to give birth. Once there, their calves receive a rough welcome into the world, falling over five feet to the ground.
Fortunately, baby giraffes can stand up and even run within a hour of being born
Giraffes’ tongues can be up to 20 inches long and are darkly colored, which is thought to help protect them during frequent sun-exposure.
Giraffes usually stay upright while sleeping and if they do settle into a vulnerable position on the ground, it’s just for a quick six-minute nap.
Giraffes have hair-covered horns called ossicones—but only males use them (for fighting each other).
Giraffes require over 75 pounds of food a day—and with a diet of leaves, this means they spend most of their time eating.
The giraffe’s scientific name, Giraffa camelopardalis, comes from the ancient Greeks’ belief that it looked like a camel wearing a leopard’s coat.
Despite their characteristic long necks, giraffes actually have the same number of neck vertebrae as humans—just seven. Each individual vertebra is super-sized, measuring up to ten inches long.
Because of their unusual shape, giraffes have a highly-specialized cardiovascular system that starts with an enormous heart. It’s two feet long and weighs up to 25 pounds.
Additionally, the jugular veins contain a series of one-way valves that prevent excess blood flow to the brain when the giraffe lowers its head to drink.
Male giraffes engage in a ritualized display of dominance called “necking” that involves head-butting each other’s bodies.
Unlike horses and most other quadrupeds, giraffes walk by moving both legs on the same side of their body together. So, the left front and the left hind legs step and then the right front and the right hind legs step.
Male giraffes will test a female’s fertility by tasting her urine. Which is something now you can’t un-know.
June 21, 2014 will be the first ever World Giraffe Day
The first giraffe to make its way to Europe was brought there by Julius Caesar from Alexandria in 46 B.C. as part of a triumphant return to Rome after years of civil war.
Some 1500 years later, Lorenzo de’ Medici was gifted a giraffe by the sultan of Egypt. Giraffes had not been seen in Italy since antiquity and it caused quite the sensation, wandering the streets of Florence and accepting treats offered out of second-story windows.
Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is affectionately known as the “Baby Giraffe,” so naturally, when a baby giraffe was born at the San Francisco Zoo, it was named Brandon Belt. When the two met, it was predictably adorable.