The longest necks in the animal kingdom
With legs that are taller than most humans and necks that can reach the highest leaves on trees, giraffes stand high above us. These grassland dwellers live in small groups called towers. With such an enormous body comes an enormous appetite – giraffes can spend up to 20 hours a day eating.
- IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (at high risk of extinction in the wild)
- Type: Mammal
- Habitat: Savannah areas of sub-Saharan Africa
- Diet: Herbivore – leaves of acacia and mimosa trees
- Size: 14 to 19 feet
- Weight: 1,750 to 2,800 pounds
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Fun Facts about Giraffes
Giraffes are typically taller than a one-story house (16 feet tall).
They can eat up to 75 pounds of food each day.
Female giraffes give birth standing up.
Their tongues are between 18 and 21 inches long.
They can run up to 56 kilometres an hour.
Giraffes only need to drink water every few days as they get most of their water from plants.
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