Giraffe

FUN FACTS

Giraffe

  • Giraffes are the tallest mammals on Earth. Their legs alone are taller than many humans—about 6 feet.

  • A giraffe's neck is too short to reach the ground. As a result, it has to awkwardly spread its front legs or kneel to reach the ground for a drink of water.

  • Giraffes only need to drink once every few days. Most of their water comes from all the plants they eat.

  • Giraffes spend most of their lives standing up; they even sleep and give birth standing up.

  • Despite the females’ attempts to stand over their calves during attacks by lions, spotted hyenas, leopards and African wild dogs, many calves are killed in their first few months.

  • Both male and female giraffes have two distinct, hair-covered horns called ossicones. Male giraffes use their horns to sometimes fight with other males.

  • Giraffes only need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period! They often achieve that in quick naps that may last only a minute or two at a time.

  • Whilst it was thought that giraffes did not make any sounds, this is now known to be untrue, as giraffes bellow, snort, hiss and make flute-like sounds, as well as low pitch noises beyond the range of human hearing.