It’s no secret that the giraffe is the tallest animal on the planet, but this is far from the most interesting fact about them. Giraffes are hoofed mammals and their only living relative is the okapi, also known as the zebra giraffe. There are about eight extant subspecies of giraffe, the most common being the Masai giraffe and the most endangered being the West African giraffe. Giraffes mainly live in West Africa including the countries of Chad, Cameroon, DR Congo, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Niger, Somalia, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania and South Africa. They thrive in savannahs and forests, mainly consuming leaves, fruits and flowers.
Giraffes are currently the tallest living land animal, measuring between 14 and 17 feet (female) and 16 and 19 feet (male). Their legs alone are about 6 feet tall. Their necks can be high, however, they are not tall enough to touch the ground, and giraffes must spread their front legs or kneel to drink water. Fortunately, giraffes only need to drink every few days and most of their water intake comes from the plants they eat. They spend most of their lives standing and even sleep or give birth standing. However, they only need about 5 to 30 minutes of sleep over a 24 hour period. Giraffe spots are similar to human fingerprints in that no two are the same.
Throughout popular culture, there have been many giraffe characters. Notably, we have Melman (voiced by David Schwimmer) from “Madagascar”, Daniel (voiced by Wes Anderson) from “Sing” and Bridget (voiced by Janeane Garofalo” from “The Wild”.
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