Baby giraffe standing in front of adult giraffes' haunches

Giraffe

Hello up there!

Type

giant panda

Mammals

Area

Map of Africa

Africa

Endangered Status

Some Endangered

facts

size
18 feet tall
adult male height
A refrigerator is 5.8 feet (70 inches) tall.
Giraffe standing next to a refrigerator
food
plants
Herbivore
plants

Acacia leaves acacia

 

 

 

habitat
savanna
Savannah grassland

description

A giraffe walks on a grassy hill in front of four other herd members in the distance.

Enjoy the view

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.

Pair of Masai giraffes

"Spot" the subspecies

There is only one species of giraffe. The recognized subspecies include reticulated, Nubian, Uganda or Baringo, Masai, Angolan, and southern. The different kinds can be recognized by their spots and also by where they live in Africa.

Masai, Reticulated, Ugandan, and Rothschild giraffe patterns

Seeing spots

Masai giraffes, from Kenya, have spots that look like oak leaves. Other kinds have a square-shaped pattern that looks like the giraffe is covered by a net. Some zoologists think that the giraffe's pattern is for camouflage.

Sparring Giraffes

Use your horn(s)

Both male and female giraffes have two distinct, hair-covered horns called ossicones. Male giraffes use they horns to playfully fight with one another.