What do giraffes look like?
Giraffes are the tallest land mammal in the world growing from about
2 meters tall at birth to a height of 4 to 6 meters. Adults average
between 870 and 1,350 kilograms. Males are taller than females and
have more "lumpy" faces. The word "reticulated"
refers to the network o flight lines that divide a giraffe's coat
into the familiar brown squares that cover most of its body.
Where in the world can you
reticulated giraffes are found on the dry savannah and open woodlands
of northeast Kenya.
How do giraffes move?
Giraffes have two different gaits or walking patterns. One is a slow
walk with the neck moving in time to the legs balance. When a giraffe
gallops, its hind legs come forward and pass through and ahead of
its forelimbs. A galloping giraffe can travel at a speed of up to
60 kilometers per hour.
What do giraffes eat?
In the wild, they eat accacia tree leaves and shoots which they grab
with their 45 centimeter tongues and flexible upper lips. While males
generally stretch up to food, females typically bend down to collect
food. A giraffe can eat up to 35 kilograms of vegetation a day.
Are giraffes endangered animals?
While their are fewer giraffes alive today, they are protected, but
are not listed as threatened or endangered.
How did giraffes get such
a long neck?
The activity for this virtual zoo exhibit involves exploring how giraffes
long neck may have evolved.