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(Giraffa reticulata)

The Giraffe is the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant.

Its species name refers to its camel-like shape and its leopard-like coloring. Its chief distinguishing characteristics are its extremely long neck and legs, its horn-like ossicones, and its distinctive coat patterns. Giraffe usually inhabit savannas, grasslands, and open woodlands.

The blood vessels in their long necks are designed with special one-way valves that close when the giraffe bends to drink water, preventing them from passing out.

Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Africa

Weight: 2600 - 4250 lbs

Size: 15 - 19 feet tall

Lifespan: 10 - 15 years in the wild

Diet: Giraffe feed on acacia leaves, flowers, leaves, seed pods, and fruits. In areas where the savanna floor is salty or full of minerals, they eat soil as well.

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

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