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Reticulated Giraffe | BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo - The #1 Family Year-Round Attraction in Baton Rouge! RETICULATED GIRAFFE | Denver Zoo. Adaptations I’m Just Browsing… Everything about a giraffe is longer or taller than other animals! Giraffes are browsers that eat the leaves of trees and shrubs. Because of their height, giraffes do not have to compete for food. They can reach the treetops and eat food other browsers cannot reach. The giraffe’s neck comprises almost half its total height. Even though the neck is so long, a giraffe has the same number of neck bones as a human but the giraffe neck bones are much larger. I Can See Clearly Now Giraffe have excellent eyesight, and from their lofty height they can see long distances. Pacing and Galloping Because of their long legs, giraffe walk by moving both legs on one side of the body forward at the same time – a movement called pacing.

Conservation Connection IUCN Status: Lower Risk-Conservation Dependent. Though giraffes aren’t in immediate danger of extinction they are threatened by habitat loss and hunting. Reticulated Giraffe :: Saint Louis Zoo. What the Heck Is With That Neck? You can't miss it: the giraffe's neck looks like it's been stretched. You might think its neck has a lot of bones, but in reality it has just seven - the same as most other mammals. The giraffe's neck bones just happen to be much longer! World Record Holder The giraffe is the tallest living land animal. Giraffes are known for their spotted coats. Treetop Treats These animals have no competition when it comes to finding food. Since leaves provide a lot of moisture, giraffes don't need to drink very often. Sharp Senses Giraffes have extremely keen eyesight and can see great distances: they can spot a moving person a mile away! Gentle Giants (and Their Babies) Males will spar, gently, for the attention of a potential mate.

After a male and female pair up and mate, they have a while to wait for the birth of their baby: about 15 months! Mother giraffes are very affectionate and protective toward their babies, touching and licking them frequently. Fun Facts. Giraffe - Philadelphia Zoo. Giraffes are best known for their long necks and the striking coat patterns of irregular brown patches on a lighter background.

Each giraffe has a pattern that is unique to that individual, like a human fingerprint. This may help hide them from predators, particularly when they are young, since the bloches tend to break up their outline when they are among trees. Giraffes are divided into several subspecies depending on their geographic location, color and coat pattern.

The number of subspecies is still a topic of debate among scientists and ranges from 6 to 9. The giraffes at the Philadelphia Zoo are reticulated giraffes which are identified by their rich brown, geometric spots on a white background Other subspecies include Masai and Rothschild's. Giraffe necks have seven vertebrae, the same as humans do, and this amazing adaptation allows them to reach food in tall trees that is not accessible to other browsers. Longevity Reproduction Behavior. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens Giraffe, Masai - Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Did you know the giraffe’s tongue is black? The Masai giraffe relies on its long, muscular tongue for reaching between long thorns to feed on tender tree leaves and twigs.

STATUS: The Masai giraffe is common and not currently at risk, but the herds are dependent on good conservation programs throughout their range. HABITAT: Masai giraffes live on the African savannahs of Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa. DIET: Giraffes can spend 16 to 20 hours a day browsing on leaves, twigs, bark, flowers, and fruit from more than 60 different kinds of plants. They can go without water for several months if they have enough fresh browse. The whistling-thorn acacia is one of their favorites!

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Giraffes are the tallest land mammal, and Masai giraffes can grow up to 17 feet tall and weigh 2,700 pounds. A baby weighs in at about 150 pounds and is already six feet tall. Necking, Anyone? Giraffes are able to swing their great necks around and thump their horns into another’s body. Giraffes. By Hannah Schardt When you are the tallest animal around, your life is pretty much all about being tall. What you eat, how you drink, the way you move, even how you fight: It's all thanks to your height. Just ask the giraffe, the tallest land animal on Earth. From hooves to ears, it's as tall as a two-story building!

Its neck alone can be as long as an adult human is tall. But for the life a giraffe leads, tall is the best way to be. When you are as tall as a tree, it makes sense that your body is built for eating leaves. Giraffes are well suited to an acacia diet, and not just because they are tall enough to reach the treetops. Mealtime doesn't end when the giraffe swallows.

Even though giraffes spend most of their time grazing, sometimes they need to run—fast—to escape a lion or other threat. Just a few hours after a baby giraffe is born, it can run. Male giraffes get tough, too—usually with other males. Reticulated Giraffe. Animals Mammals Giraffa camelopardalis The giraffe lives mainly on dry savannas and in open woodlands and can browse higher than any other mammal. It usually sleeps standing up but occasionally lies down. When upright, its heart has to pump blood upward at enormous pressure to reach its brain. Mammal, Artiodactyla (even-toed ungulate) sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, India (vagrant in some parts of its range; thought to be extinct in Iran). Least concern Herbivore. Seaworld. Giraffe. Scientific Name: Giraffa camelopardalis Conservation Status: Common Where to see them: African Plains Fun Facts: Giraffe are the tallest land mammals in the world. A giraffe’s neck can be over six feet long and has seven, elongated (up to 10-inch) vertebrae – the same number as a human’s.

The tongue is prehensile, dark blue in color and up to 18 inches long. Size Rothschild giraffe can reach heights of up to 20 feet. Reticulated giraffe can reach heights of up to 18 feet. Range East Africa Rothschild giraffe are found specifically in Uganda, Sudan and Kenya. Lifestyle Giraffe live in loose herds that can be composed of males and females of all ages. Food Giraffe are very selective browsers that prefer the new growth foliage of the acacia tree. Life Cycle A six-foot fall is a newborn giraffe’s first experience in life. Some of My Neighbors (IN THE WILD) Often other animals, such as wildebeest and ostrich, will herd with giraffe because of their ability to detect danger early.

Giraffe Facts For Kids: Giraffe, Giraffe Facts, Giraffe Pictures | San Diego Zoo - Kids. Hello Up There! Giraffes are the tallest land animals. A giraffe could look into a second-story window without even having to stand on its tiptoes! A giraffe's 6-foot-long neck weighs about 600 pounds. The legs of a giraffe are also 6 feet long. The back legs look shorter than the front legs, but they are about the same length. There is only one species of giraffe. Both male and female giraffes have two distinct, hair-covered horns called ossicones. Giraffe. Hello up there! Why do so many people look up to giraffes—besides the obvious reason? The long and short of it is that they are a wonderful example of nature’s creativity.

Giraffes are the tallest land animals. A giraffe could look into a second-story window without even having to stand on its tiptoes! A giraffe's 6-foot (1.8-meter) neck weighs about 600 pounds (272 kilograms). Giraffes have a small hump on their back and have a spotted pattern similar to that of a leopard. Although a recent study of giraffe genetics published in the scientific journal Current Biology concluded that there are actually four distinct species of giraffes—said to be as different from each other as polar bears are from brown bears—one species is currently recognized, with nine subspecies. Masai giraffes, from Kenya, have patterns that look like oak leaves. How many bones are there in a giraffe's neck? Both male and female giraffes have two distinct, hair-covered horns called ossicones.