Giraffes are wonderful creatures that are the tallest animals in the world. Learn some amazing giraffe facts that you can share with kids and friends alike.
20 Giraffe Facts
- Giraffes are the tallest animals in the world and a male giraffe can grow to be up to 18 feet (5.5 meters) tall
- Giraffes who are together in a group are called a tower
- It has been said that no one has ever seen a giraffe go swimming
- It is surprising to know that a giraffe’s legs by themselves can be taller than most humans at about 6 feet (1.81m)!
- A giraffes feet are so big that they are roughly the size of a dinner plate which is 12 inches across or 30.5 cm
- A giraffe can actually go longer without drinking water than a camel can
- A giraffes gestation period is can last roughly 400 to 460 days
- In 7 countries in Africa giraffes are already extinct
- The power lines have to be at least 12 m (39 feet) high in Mozambique in order to permit safe passing by giraffes
- According to Judaism a giraffe is considered Kosher for eating
- There is a giraffe that lived in the Santa Barbara Zoo that had a permanent 90-degree bend in her neck because of a fused vertebrae
- A giraffe has a tongue so big that it can grow up to 21 inches (53 cm) long!
- 70 meters in length is how long the intestines of an adult giraffe can be
- A female giraffe has a maximum weight of roughly 2,600 lbs and a male has a maximum weight of around 4,250 lbs
- The patterns on the giraffes coat distinguishes the 9 different subspecies of giraffes
- In order to know if a female is fertile a male giraffe will taste their urine
- In order for the male to taste the females urine the female will urinate in the male’s mouth and then they will mate if she is fertile
- Giraffes have a lot of predators such as leopards, wild dogs, and hyenas and therefore only 50% of giraffe calves live past their first 6 months
- A giraffe cannot yawn
- Unfortunately a giraffes neck is too short to reach the ground to drink water and therefore they have to awkwardly spread their front legs or kneel to drink water
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