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With its extremely long neck, giraffes are among the most identifiable zoo animals. They live in loose groups without strong social bonds. As a species of least concern, they can still be found in game reserves.
The giraffe’s incredibly long tongue and neck make it ideally suited to browse on trees, eating up to 75 pounds of foliage each day. They feed primarily in the early morning and late afternoon.
Savannah and grasslands in Africa
While the giraffe is listed as a species of least concern, conservationists are concerned that some of the nine subspecies may actually be endangered.
- Giraffes see in color.
- Their tongues are up to 20 inches long.
- The heart of a giraffe can weigh up to 25 pounds.
Animalia, Chordata, Mammalia, Artiodactyla, Giraffidae
Place of Birth
16 – 20 feet tall
Spotted patches that resemble leopard spots