41 Awesome Giraffe Facts


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1. Giraffes are the tallest animals on Earth.
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2. Giraffes have four stomachs.
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3. Male giraffes sometimes fight with their necks over female giraffes. This is called 'necking.'
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4. Male giraffes weigh 2420-4250 lb (1100-1932 kg) on average.
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5. A giraffe may look clumsy, but it can actually run 37 mph.
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6. A giraffe usually sleeps standing up because it can take too long to get up if a predator approaches.
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7. Adult giraffes have no natural predators except lions.
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8. Giraffes can go without water longer than a camel.
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9. It looks pretty clumsy on its feet, but the giraffe can actually run at 37 mph.
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10. The giraffes life span is 20 to 25 years.
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11. Giraffes are unable to cough.
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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.
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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.
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14. Giraffes are one of the few animals born with horns.

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15. Giraffes can go longer without drinking water than camels can.
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16. When a giraffe's baby is born it falls from a height of six feet, normally without being hurt.
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17. Giraffes can go without water longer than a camel
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18. The giraffes closest living relative is the okapi - it's the only other animal in the same family as the giraffe.
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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.
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20. Oxpecker birds like to help giraffes by eating bugs off their backs.
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21. Giraffe can actually make sounds. Some cough, whistle, or moo
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22. Giraffe have become extinct in at least seven countries in Africa.
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23. Giraffes have the highest blood pressure of any mammal.
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24. A Giraffe has the same number of bones in its neck as a man.
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25. Each time a giraffe picks up its neck it picks up 550 pounds.
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26. About 50% of all giraffe calves do not survive their first year due to predation from hyenas, leopards and wild dogs.
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27. Giraffes spend about 80 percent of their day eating.
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28. Giraffes are the only animals born with horns.

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29. Giraffes grasp food with 21 inch long tongues.
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30. A group of giraffes is called a tower.
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31. An adult giraffe's tongue is 17 inches long.
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32. Giraffes and rats can survive longer than camels without water.
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33. Giraffes are actually not mute; they make sounds such as grunts, snorts, and other vocalizations.
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34. Giraffes can go for weeks without drinking water, they get most of the water they require from plants they eat.
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35. No 2 giraffes have the exact same spot pattern.
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36. A giraffe is pregnant for about 15 months.
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37. Female giraffes weigh 1540-2600 lb (700-1182 kg) on average.
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38. The giraffe can drink 12 gallons in one sitting.
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39. Giraffa means 'one who walks swiftly'.
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40. Male and female giraffes tend to eat from different parts of a tree to ensure that the sexes do not compete for food.
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41. A Giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!

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