Interesting giraffe facts

Giraffes are such gorgeous and elegant animals. Let’s find out what else make them interesting – here are some facts you might not have known about this lovely animal.

  • The giraffe can be anywhere between 5 to 6m tall.
  • A giraffe’s tongue can be between 45 and 50cm long.
  • Drinking water is a lengthy process for the giraffe.
  • Each giraffe’s pattern is unique and can be used to identify him.
  • The giraffe is the world’s tallest mammal, and the male is even taller than the female.
  • The average height of a male giraffe is 5.5m and that of a female is around 4.5m.
  • Their legs alone can measure up to 1.8m, which is the height of a pretty tall human.
  • You might think that their long necks would consist of many bones, but their necks only consist of seven vertebrae – the same as a human’s neck.
  • Being so tall means that they are also heavy animals, who can weigh around 1,900kg – that’s the weight of a small car!
  • The giraffe’s hoof is about 30cm in diameter, making it as big as a dinner plate. Not only do they need big feet to hold up their tall bodies, but also so that they don’t sink into the ground when they walk on it.
  • When you’re in the bush, you definitely want a giraffe to be your friend! Not only can he see from higher up than you can, but he also needs less sleep. He only needs between five and 30 minutes of sleep in 24 hours, which means he can be ‘on guard’ while you take a rest.
  • Giraffes are naturally calm animals, and are more curious than they are aggressive. But don’t think they can’t protect themselves. Their biggest self defence ‘weapon’ is their powerful kick. They can kick in any direction and are capable of killing a lion with their kicks. No wonder lions don’t bother giraffes that much.
  • Although they are not the fastest mammals, they can run at speeds of up to 55km/h in short sprints.

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