General

Giraffe



Giraffe: A typical mammal of the African savannas

Information and features:

- The Giraffe is a mammal that inhabits the African savannah region.

- Adult giraffes (males) can reach a height of 6 meters. Its long neck favors its eating habits, as giraffes feed primarily on tree leaves. Regarding the length, reach in the adult phase 2 meters.

- Although it is large, the giraffe is a very fast animal. It can run at a speed of 45 km / h.

- They have two to four small horns that are covered by skin.

- The body of the giraffes is covered by pink or golden hair with brown spots.

- A healthy animal lives on average 15 to 20 years.

- Female's gestation lasts from 420 to 450 days. The giraffe gives birth to only one cub at a time.

- Giraffes make few sounds and when they do it is in a very low tone.

- They live in flocks (groups) formed by few animals (from 5 to 10 on average).

“They spend most of their time eating leaves from the tree tops. They sleep on average 2-3 hours a day.

- The main species of giraffes are: reticulated giraffe, Angolan giraffe, masai giraffe, Nubian giraffe and South African giraffe.

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom: Animalia

Philo: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Artiodactyla

Superfamily: Giraffoidea

Family: Giraffidae

Genre: Giraffa

Species: G. camelopardalis

Biological curiosity:

- The main predators of adult giraffes are lions and leopards. Giraffe cubs are easy prey for lions, leopards, hyenas, crocodiles and wild dogs.

Giraffe cub with a few days of life.