Giraffe

Giraffe

Animal's Behavior

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.

Eating Habits

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.

Range

Savannah and grasslands in Africa

Conservation Efforts

While the giraffe is listed as a species of least concern, conservationists are concerned that some of the nine subspecies may actually be endangered.

Animal Facts

  • Giraffes see in color.
  • Their tongues are up to 20 inches long.
  • The heart of a giraffe can weigh up to 25 pounds.

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Giraffa camelopardalis

Classification

Animalia, Chordata, Mammalia, Artiodactyla, Giraffidae

Place of Birth

Africa

Size

16 – 20 feet tall

Color

Spotted patches that resemble leopard spots

Lifespan

25 years

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Where to See

Audubon Zoo