Ten fun facts about Giraffes


Fact 1
Giraffes are about 19 feet tall and have seven vertebrae along their elongated neck.

Fact 2
These animals prefer to eat young shoots and leaves, plant matter and grass. They live where acacia trees are in abundance and drink about 10 gallons of water in a day.

Fact 3
The short horns on a giraffe’s head are called ossicones. The male can be differentiated from a female by the fact that males have no hair on their horns.


Fact 4
A giraffe’s forelegs are longer than their hind legs and the hips and back slope downwards towards the tail. This makes it necessary for them to kneel when they want to drink water.

Fact 5
The head of a giraffe can pump blood at high pressure to the brain through the neck. They have an inbuilt regulating system to restrict blood to brain when the head is lowered.

Fact 6
The average speed of running is 25 miles an hour for short distance and 10 mph when crossing longer distances.

Fact 7
A female giraffe stands when giving birth which means the baby giraffe typically falls from a height of 5 feet when it is born.

Fact 8
The females use their hooves to protect their young. The hooves act like weapons and can even kill a lion.

Fact 9
Giraffes have four stomachs which make them ruminants.

Fact 10
The spots on a giraffe resemble human fingerprints and the older the giraffe, the darker the spots.


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Short about Giraffes
Belong to the family Giraffidae and are easily recognizable because of their tall profile and long neck.



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