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BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo - The #1 Family Year-Round Attraction in Baton Rouge! RETICULATED GIRAFFE. 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. 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. Reticulated Giraffe. What the Heck Is With That Neck?

Reticulated Giraffe

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. Giraffe - Philadelphia Zoo. Giraffes are best known for their long necks and the striking coat patterns of irregular brown patches on a lighter background.

Giraffe - Philadelphia Zoo

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?

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens Giraffe, Masai - Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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. 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. 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.

Reticulated Giraffe

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. You can see and even feed our giraffes in the Giants of the Savanna exhibit. Mammal, Artiodactyla (even-toed ungulate) 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. Giraffe Facts For Kids: Giraffe, Giraffe Facts, Giraffe Pictures. Hello Up There!

Giraffe Facts For Kids: Giraffe, Giraffe Facts, Giraffe Pictures

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.