41 Awesome Giraffe Facts
1. Giraffes are the tallest animals on Earth.
2. Giraffes have four stomachs.
3. Male giraffes sometimes fight with their necks over female giraffes. This is called 'necking.'
4. Male giraffes weigh 2420-4250 lb (1100-1932 kg) on average.
5. A giraffe may look clumsy, but it can actually run 37 mph.
6. A giraffe usually sleeps standing up because it can take too long to get up if a predator approaches.
7. Adult giraffes have no natural predators except lions.
8. Giraffes can go without water longer than a camel.
9. It looks pretty clumsy on its feet, but the giraffe can actually run at 37 mph.
10. The giraffes life span is 20 to 25 years.
11. Giraffes are unable to cough.
12. Giraffes have the highest blood pressure of any land mammal. They need a very big heart to pump the blood all the way up to their head.
13. Scientists believe that other animals congregate near giraffes to take advantage of the giraffes very good eyesight and ability to see danger from a distance.
14. Giraffes are one of the few animals born with horns.
15. Giraffes can go longer without drinking water than camels can.
16. When a giraffe's baby is born it falls from a height of six feet, normally without being hurt.
17. Giraffes can go without water longer than a camel
18. The giraffes closest living relative is the okapi - it's the only other animal in the same family as the giraffe.
19. You would have to run in order to keep up with a giraffe walking because every step a giraffe takes is 15 feet long.
20. Oxpecker birds like to help giraffes by eating bugs off their backs.
21. Giraffe can actually make sounds. Some cough, whistle, or moo
22. Giraffe have become extinct in at least seven countries in Africa.
23. Giraffes have the highest blood pressure of any mammal.
24. A Giraffe has the same number of bones in its neck as a man.
25. Each time a giraffe picks up its neck it picks up 550 pounds.
26. About 50% of all giraffe calves do not survive their first year due to predation from hyenas, leopards and wild dogs.
27. Giraffes spend about 80 percent of their day eating.
28. Giraffes are the only animals born with horns.
29. Giraffes grasp food with 21 inch long tongues.
30. A group of giraffes is called a tower.
31. An adult giraffe's tongue is 17 inches long.
32. Giraffes and rats can survive longer than camels without water.
33. Giraffes are actually not mute; they make sounds such as grunts, snorts, and other vocalizations.
34. Giraffes can go for weeks without drinking water, they get most of the water they require from plants they eat.
35. No 2 giraffes have the exact same spot pattern.
36. A giraffe is pregnant for about 15 months.
37. Female giraffes weigh 1540-2600 lb (700-1182 kg) on average.
38. The giraffe can drink 12 gallons in one sitting.
39. Giraffa means 'one who walks swiftly'.
40. Male and female giraffes tend to eat from different parts of a tree to ensure that the sexes do not compete for food.
41. A Giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!
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