Giraffe Facts & Trivia
- Giraffes eat up to 75 pounds of food a day.
- Their tongues are 18 inches long.
- Giraffes have the longest tail of any mammal at 8 feet long.
- Giraffes have never been observed bathing.
- Even though it is extremely long, giraffe’s necks are too short to reach the ground.
- The giraffe is the tallest mammal in the world.
- Giraffes have one of the shortest sleep requirements of any mammal.
- Giraffes eat leaves from tall trees, typically acacia trees.
- A giraffe’s habitat is usually found in African savannas, grasslands or open woodlands.
- Giraffes are ruminants (more than one stomach).
- There is one species of giraffe, which has nine subspecies.
- Giraffes are not endangered.
- Baby Giraffes stand within an hour and after only 8-10 hours run with their family.
- Giraffes spend most of their lives standing up.
- Just human fingerprints, no two giraffes have the same spot pattern.
- In New Age religion the giraffe is a symbol for intuition and flexibility.
- Giraffes give birth standing up.
- Giraffes can run as fast as 35 miles an hour over short distances.
- Giraffes bellow, snort, hiss and make flute-like sounds.
- Giraffes are non-territorial, social animals.
- A male giraffe can weigh as much as a pick up truck!
- Male giraffes sometimes fight with their necks over female giraffes.
- Giraffes have bluish-purple tongues.
- A group of giraffes is called a tower.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Mammalia
- Order: Artiodactyla
- Family: Giraffidae
- Madagascar, (2005)
- The Wild, (2006)
- The Last Giraffe, (1979)
- The White Giraffe Movie, (TBA)
- Giraffes Can’t Dance Song, by Asali Sunshine
- I Like The G G G Of The Giraffe, Kid Songs
- Bridget, from the movie “The Wild”
- Geoffrey, the Toys R Us mascot
- Melman, from the movie “Madagascar”