I love giraffe, perhaps it’s because I am so short (I have a tall personality) 😁 that I in awe of these majestic creatures. I imagine that they are the supermodels of the animal world. So this week, I thought I would share with you my fascination of this incredibly beautiful creature. Every time I go on safari, my heart is filled with joy when I see these graceful creatures gliding through the bush.
And I am reaching deep into my heart to find moments of joy in these apocalyptic times…. Oh Corona! Oh Corona!! The whole world truly hates you!!!
A giraffe is an African even-toed ungulate (hoofed mammal), and the tallest living land animal. Giraffe used to be found in north and west Africa. But today, unless they are in a zoo, their natural habitat is confined to sub Saharan Africa.
There are four distinct species of giraffe:
The northern giraffe
The southern giraffe
The reticulated giraffe
The Masai Giraffe
How tall and heavy is a giraffe?
Tall. Taller than I am for sure! They are the tallest mammal in the world. The tallest giraffe ever recorded was 5.9meters, but on average they are between 4 and 5 meters tall. They weigh about 1900kg. picture this, taller than a double decker bus, heavier than most cars. And yet, they move with so much grace!
How many bones do giraffes have in their necks?
Seven. Imagine that…. And guess what, that’s the same number as in a human neck!! Go figure!!
How does a giraffe drink?
With great difficulty! Because they are so tall, when a giraffe drinks, it has to splay it’s legs. Fortunately, they get most of their water from the plants they eat, and will only drink actual water once every few days.
What do giraffes eat?
Leaves and twigs, favouring the thorny acacia trees. But, believe it or not, they actually also eat bones!!!!!!! This is a behaviour known as osteophagy. Because of their huge skeletons, they need more calcium and phosphorous than they would get in their purely vegetarian diet. So, bones, not flesh, bones. I have many friends who refuse to touch meat that has bones, they know not what they are missing out on….
Some more random giraffe facts if you are still reading this….A group of giraffe is called a tower. You have to smile…. But of course, a tower of giraffe. It makes so much sense. The size of a giraffe hoof is the 30 cms in diameter, about the size of your dinner plate. Giraffe give birth standing up, and the new born fall 2 meters to the ground. Yikes, that’s way more than my height. In order to survive, a new born must be able to stand and run within an hour,
Every giraffe, just like human fingerprints has a unique pattern. No two are alike. The hypothesis is that the pattern on giraffe helps with temperature control as well as camouflage.
How long is a giraffe’s tongue?
Giraffe tongues are huge! They’re bluish-purple, prehensile and between 45-50cm long – perfect for carefully ripping fresh leaves from between the spikes at the top of acacia trees.
Do Giraffes Fight?
When fighting, male giraffes will push and shove against each other. This occasionally escalates into powerful blows delivered by their muscular necks. The loser can be knocked out, and sometimes even killed.
How big is a giraffe’s heart?
A giraffe heart can weigh approximately 11kg, making it the biggest of any land mammal. It can pump 60 litres of blood around its body every minute at a blood pressure twice that of an average human.
How long do giraffes live?
Giraffes in the wild tend to live between 20 to 25 years.
*look out for more facts and interesting titbits on giraffe this whole week*
We will travel again!
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