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.
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.