Giraffe facts

Giraffes are the tallest animals in the world. Males can grow up to 18 feet (5.5 meters) tall.

A group of giraffes is called a tower.

No one has ever seen a giraffe swimming.

Giraffes only need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period.

Giraffes make no sound. Not because they can’t, but they choose not to.

A giraffe’s neck can measure up to 6 feet (1.8 m) long

Giraffes only need to drink once every few days. Most of their water comes from all the plants they eat.

Giraffes’ tongues grow up to 21 inches (53 cm) in length.

A giraffe’s spots are like human fingerprints: no two individual giraffes have exactly the same pattern.

Africa is home to the world’s largest living land animal, the African elephant, and the tallest, the Giraffe.

The giraffe’s feet are the size of a dinner plate, 12 inches (30.5cm) across.

A giraffe’s neck is too short to reach the ground, so it has to awkwardly spread its front legs or kneel to reach the ground and drink water.

One of the only vertebrate species that can’t yawn is the giraffe.

Giraffes can go longer without drinking water than camels can.

A Giraffe’s legs alone are taller than most humans: about 6 feet (1.81 m).

50% of giraffe calves do not survive their first 6 months due to predation from hyenas, leopards and wild dogs.

Giraffe are already extinct in at least seven countries in Africa.

Before Mating, the Female Giraffe Will First Urinate in the Male’s Mouth.

In Mozambique, overhead power lines have to be at least 12 m (39 ft) high to permit safe passage of giraffes.

Giraffes are kosher for eating, according to Judaism.

Up until 2008, the Santa Barbara Zoo had a giraffe named Gemina that had a permanent 90-degree bend in her neck caused by fused vertebrae.

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