Giraffes are the tallest mammal in the world.
Other Names for Giraffes:
Giraffe in Foreign Languages:
Amuzgo: kió' xtyo' tkò
Bulgarian: iráf / iráfa
Haitian Creole: jiraf
Japanese: kirin / jirafu
Korean: jirapeu / girin
Navajo: tsin yilátah ayání
Persian: zarrafe / otorgâvpalang
Russian: iráf / iráfa
Ukrainian: yráfa / yráf
Species: There are 9 recognized species of giraffes.
Giraffe Species Include:
Angolan Giraffe - Giraffa Camelopardalis
Kordofan Giraffe - Giraffa Camelopardalis Antiquiorum
Nubian Giraffe - Giraffa Camelopardalis
Southern / South African Giraffe - Giraffa
Nigerian / West African Giraffe - Giraffa Camelopardalis
Reticulated Giraffe - Giraffa Camelopardalis
Baringo Giraffe (aka Rothschild's Giraffe or Uganda
Giraffe) - Giraffa Camelopardalis Rothschildi
Thornicroft's Giraffe - Giraffa Camelopardalis
Masai Giraffe - Giraffa Camelopardalis
Size: Giraffes are without a doubt the tallest
living animal in the world. Giraffes are 14 - 19 feet
tall and weigh 1,750 - 2,800 lbs. Male giraffes are
taller and heavier than their female counterparts.
Habitat: Giraffes are found on the savannahs
Description: Giraffes are known for their extremely
long necks, long legs, and coat with spotted patterns.
Each giraffe has a uniquely patterned or spotted coat.
Similarities are seen in the patterns with giraffes
from the same region.
Diet: Giraffes are herbivores feeding on foliage.
Like cows, giraffes regurgitate their food and re-chew
it as cud. Giraffes can consume up to 140 lbs of foliage
Communication: Giraffes can make a variety
of sounds including: moos, hiss, roars, and whistles.
Did You Know?
A giraffe's tongue is 18- 20 inches
Gestation: Giraffes carry their young for 14
Birth: Giraffe cows give birth standing up,
dropping their newborn calves 5 feet to the ground at
birth. Giraffe calves are 6 feet tall and weigh 100
to 150 pounds at birth.
Sexually Mature: Giraffes are sexually mature
between the ages of 3 and 5.
Life Span: The average life span of a
giraffe is 25 years. Lions, hyenas, and wild dogs
are all predators of giraffes.
Social Structure: Giraffes are social and travel
in herds, the herds do not appear to have type of social
structure and consists of both sexes and all ages.