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Giraffa camelopardalis


  • Central & Southern Africa


  • Savanna, grasslands and woodlands


  • Leaves
  • Seeds
  • Fruits
  • Buds
  • Branches

Although giraffes are mostly known for their impressive height, the rest of a giraffe’s body is super-sized as well:

  • The Long of It: As the tallest land animals, giraffes tower over all others. Their necks, legs, tails, and even their newborn babies are taller than the majority of humans with each being an average height of 6 feet.
  • Thorn-y Issues: Giraffes eat leaves from trees, especially Acacia trees that are covered in thorns. They use their 18 in. long prehensile tongues, the roof of their mouths, and thick saliva to protect their mouths from the thorns while they eat. Giraffes even have extremely long eyelashes helping sense the thorns while keeping their eyes – the largest of any land mammal – free of insects and debris.
  • Have a Heart: Giraffes have the largest hearts of any land mammal at a length of 2 feet and a weight of 25 pounds. To pump blood through such a large body, their blood pressure is twice that of an average human’s.

To learn more about giraffes, visit them at the Mary K. Chapman Giraffe Experience.


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