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Giraffe
Giraffe
An elegant giant, the tallest animal on Earth.
Type: Chordates
Class: Mammals
Order: Artiodactyls
Family: Giraffes
Genus: Giraffes
Species: Giraffe
General Settings
  • They live in African continent, south of the Sahara in savanna and sparsely coniferous dry forests.
  • Growth – 4.8–5.8 m.
  • The weight of the male is about 800 kg, the females are smaller and weigh 550-600 kg.
  • Giraffes feed on foliage, flowers, young shoots of trees and shrubs.
  • Life expectancy is up to 25 years on average.

Giraffes are the tallest modern animals. At first glance, outwardly ungainly, they are perfectly adapted to life in the savanna, they can see far and hear perfectly.


Social behavior


More often, giraffes are found in groups. Adult females, juveniles, and young animals are grouped into groups of up to 20 individuals. Animals join or leave such associations at will. A strong bond is observed only between females and their babies. In open spaces, animals form groups, and when grazing in forests, they disperse.


Reproduction


Pregnancy in giraffes lasts up to 15 months. One cub is born, and twins are extremely rare. The female does not lie down during childbirth. Therefore, the baby is about two meters tall and weighs up to 70 kg and gently lands at birth from a two-meter height.


Species and people


The giraffe is a peaceful animal, it gets along well with a person. Today, the number of giraffes in central Africa is declining due to the destruction of natural landscapes.


Interesting Facts


The purple tongue of the giraffe, flexible, strong and extremely mobile, is able to protrude up to 46 cm.

Current status in wildlife
  • Not
    evaluated
    NE
  • Data
    deficient
    DD
  • Data
    deficient
    lc
  • near
    threatened
    NT
  • vulnerable
    vu
  • endangered
    en
  • critically
    endangered
    cr
  • extinct
    in the wild
    ew
  • Extinct
    ex
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