Animals of the world, Giraffe

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  • Inhabits savannahs and woodlands in Africa
  • several subspecies
  • Worlds tallest land-living animal. Average height 4,3-5,7 meters (14.1–18.7 ft)
  • Usually white, cream or light brownish coat with dark blotches or patches
  • both males and females have prominent hornlike structures
  •  Their food source is leaves, fruits, and flowers of woody plants, primarily acacia species. Eats 16-20 hours a day.  It`s a ruminant animal with four compartments to the stomach.
  • good vision, weak sense of smell
  • blueish/black tongue about 45 cm (18 in) long
  • gather in groups of 10-44 animals, open and ever-changing composition. More recent studies have found that giraffes do have long-term social associations and may form groups or pairs based on kinship, sex or other factors
  • Giraffe gestation lasts 400–460 days. When born the baby is approximately 2-meter (6,5 ft) tall
  • very peaceable
  • The giraffe roman name Camelopardalis means leopard-coloured camel
  • can run up to  50-60 km/t (31-37 mph)
  • Necking is used to establish dominance,  the combatants will spread their front legs and swing their necks at each other, attempting to land blows with their horns.
  • Defend itself by kicking its front legs. They may be preyed on by lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, and African wild dogs and a kick can potentially kill them.
  • A giraffe has only two gaits: walking and galloping
  • usually silent but it may snort or make a flute-like sound.  During nighttime, giraffes appear to hum to each other above the infrasound range for purposes which are unclear.
  • has an unusually long lifespan compared to other ruminants, average 20-25 years in the wild.
  • its blood pressure is 2-3 times higher than humans to be able to pump blood to its head.
  • Giraffes sometimes lie down with their legs are folded under the body. But standing up is quite a task! To rise, they swing their neck back, and forwards take the weight of either front- or back legs. Since getting up is so awkward, the giraffe mostly sleeps standing.

 

References; Nationalgeographic.com, Wikipedia, Britannica.com, BBC.com, Australiangeographic.com, Birdlife.org.au,worldwildlife.com

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