Giraffe is the tallest land animal. This herbivore mammal can be characterized by its long neck, long legs and a spotted pattern. Even a new-born baby will be taller than a human being. Scientific name of giraffe is ‘Giraffe Camelopardalis’ which means ‘the one who walks quickly’. Once people believed that giraffe is a cross between camel and leopard.
Fast Facts: –
- The mostly live in savannah areas in the sub-Saharan region of Africa.
- Similar to human finger prints, no two giraffes have the same spotting pattern.
- Giraffes spend about 70% of their lives standing up. They can sleep and give birth to their babies standing up.
- Baby giraffes can stand up within 30 minutes of their birth.
- Their sleeping requirement is very less. They need sleep of around 2 hours.
- They drink water once every couple of days.
- Giraffes spend most of their time eating because they require more than 75 pound of food in a day.
- Acacia is the favourite food for giraffes.
- Giraffes are extremely social animals. They live in groups and rarely fight. A group of giraffes is called Tower.
- Their tongues can reach up to 45 cm in length.
- They have horns called Ossicones, covered by hairs. Male giraffes use them for fighting.
- Over short distances, they can reach up to a speed of 55kmph.
- Female giraffes have a gestation period which lasts about 15 months.