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Giraffe Facts & Trivia

Giraffe Facts

  • 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

Giraffe Movies

  • Madagascar, (2005)
  • The Wild, (2006)
  • The Last Giraffe, (1979)
  • The White Giraffe Movie, (TBA)

Giraffe Songs

  • Giraffes Can’t Dance Song, by Asali Sunshine
  • I Like The G G G Of The Giraffe, Kid Songs

Famous Giraffes

  • Bridget, from the movie “The Wild”
  • Geoffrey, the Toys R Us mascot
  • Melman, from the movie “Madagascar”

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