Giraffe pictures (Giraffa camelopardalis) from zoos around the country.
Giraffes make their homes in the savannas of Africa and are most densely populated in Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, and Tanzania. Giraffes live to be 20-25 year old when living in the wild, but tend to live longer in zoos. Giraffes are the tallest of all animals. When a baby giraffe is born, it already stands 6 ft tall. Full grown giraffes are about 14ft- 18ft tall, but the tallest giraffe ever recorded was 20ft.
Because of their height, they are only vulnerable to a predator when they are babies, or when they are lying down, which is why they sleep so little. Giraffes only get about 30 minutes to an hour of sleep per day by taking short naps throughout the day. Their height also impacts their social structure and travel. Female and young giraffes live and travel in packs of 30-40, while older male giraffes travel alone in search of female packs. Unlike most pack animals, giraffe packs aren’t as structured and tight. Because of their height and lack of predators, the pack can spread out up to a half a mile and still keep one another within sight.
Giraffes most famously use their height to feed off the leaves of trees, especially acacia trees. The leaves not only provide food for the giraffes, the moistures from the leaves can help keep them hydrated in times of drought.
Fun facts about giraffes
A giraffe’s 6 ft long neck weighs about 600 lbs
A giraffe could look into a second-story window without even using a ladder
A giraffe’s heart is 2 feet long and weighs about 25 lbs
A giraffe has 7 neck vertebrae just like a human, they’re just much bigger
Giraffes have black tongues to protect them from getting sun burn while eating leave