The giraffe is the tallest of all land animals. It has a relatively short body but an extremely long neck which allows it to reach the leaves and vegetations on top of trees.
Giraffe Quick Facts
- Scientific Name: Giraffa
- Height: 5-6 m (Male), 4.6 m (Female)
- Weight: 1200 Kg (Male), 830 Kg (Female)
- Life Span: About 25 Years
- Habitats: Savanna, Grasslands, Woodlands
- Fun Facts: Giraffe can run at a speed of 56 km per hour which is 12 km per hour more than of human.
Most animals cannot get to this same vegetation, especially herbivores. Despite its length, the giraffe’s neck has the same number of bones as other hoofed mammals, only that the bones are much longer.
To complement its long neck, the giraffe also has long eyes. These come in handy for vision as the giraffe can spot predators a long way off.
These animals are found in Sub-Saharan Africa and to the south as well. Although each of the animals is spotted, the spotting is unique.
To tell the difference between male and female giraffes, you can look at the ossicones which are the knobs on the giraffes’ heads.
The females have smaller knobs covered in some fur while the male ones have bald knobs. In addition to this, the males are much heavier and taller than their female counterparts.