The ‘Giraffa camelopardalis’ is unquestionably one of the coolest animals in the world, despite only living in very concentrated areas in Africa, other than those in captivity of course. We are thinking of its ‘street cred’ rather than its not so chilled location! As you might be able to tell by its scientific name, the giraffe once baffled people with its long legs and neck. It was presumed to be a cross between a leopard and a camel! Let’s take a look at some other camel facts, from animalfactguide.com. (Click here to go to the Animal Fact Guide website)
At an average height of around 5 m (16-18 ft.), the giraffe is the tallest land animal in the world.
- Giraffes live primarily in savanna areas in the sub-Saharan region of Africa. Their extreme height allows them to eat leaves and shoots located much higher than other animals can reach. In particular, they seek out acacia trees. Their long tongues are helpful in eating because they help pull leaves from the trees. Spending most of the day eating, a full-grown giraffe consumes over 45 kg (100 lb.) of leaves and twigs a day.
- When giraffes walk, they move both legs on one side of their body and then both legs on the other side; this is unique to giraffes. However, they run in a similar style to other mammals, swinging their rear legs and front legs in unison. They can reach 55 km/h (35 mph) at full speed but only in brief spurts.
- Giraffes sleep less than two hours a day. In general, they sleep with their feet tucked under them and their head resting on their hindquarters, but they can also sleep for short periods of time standing up.
It sounds to me as though the giraffe could do with a good long rest! At Kawaii Animals, our giraffes are well rested, and are in need of a new home because frankly, living with all our other giraffes is a bit crowded! Amongst our giraffe herd we have door hanger giraffes, string doll giraffes and even an Anisnap watch. Check them out now and add a giraffe to your family. Be sure to take a snap of you and your giraffe and send it to us on social media. That is if you can fit you both in the picture of course!
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