Giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis) are one of the most iconic and beloved animals on the planet. With their long necks and spotted coats, these gentle giants have been captivating us for centuries. Despite being one of the most recognizable animals, many people are unaware of some of the most amazing facts about giraffes. Here are 20 amazing facts about giraffes that you may not know:
1. Giraffes are the tallest land animal in the world. Adult giraffes can reach heights of up to 19 feet tall.
2. Giraffes have the same number of vertebrae in their necks as humans do – 7.
3. The neck of a giraffe can measure up to 8 feet in length.
4. Giraffes can run up to 35 miles per hour.
5. Giraffes can live up to 25 years in the wild.
6. Giraffes can go up to four days without drinking water.
7. Giraffes have a prehensile tongue that can measure up to 20 inches in length.
8. Giraffes have a unique pattern of spots that is unique to each individual.
9. Giraffes are herbivores, meaning they only eat plants.
10. Giraffes can eat up to 75 pounds of leaves and plants each day.
11. Giraffes can sleep both standing up and lying down.
12. Giraffes have an extra pair of ribs compared to other mammals.
13. Giraffes can see in color and have good night vision.
14. Male giraffes will often fight one another using their necks as weapons.
15. When a giraffe is born, it can be up to 6 feet tall and weigh up to 150 pounds.
16. Giraffes can live in both dry and wet climates, as they are well adapted to both.
17. Giraffes communicate with one another through a variety of sounds, such as snorts and bleats.
18. Giraffes are found in 21 African countries.
19. Giraffes are social animals and live in groups of up to 12.
20. Male giraffes are called bulls, females are called cows, and baby giraffes are called calves.