Giraffe Anatomy

  1. How are giraffes and rhinos alike? Females are both called cows and males are both called bulls!
  2. A male giraffe is about as heavy as a pickup truck! That’s near 1400 kilograms!
  3. A giraffe’s neck is can be in range of 1.5 – 1.8 metres. But it contains the same number of vertebrae at a human neck.
  4. The giraffe lives in African savannas, grasslands, or, open woodlands.
  5. The hair that is in a giraffes tail is about 10 times thicker than the average strand of human hair.
  6. The color of a giraffe can save their life from predators. Who knew they camouflage?
  7. It is possible to identify the gender of a giraffe by the horns on the head. Both males and females have horns but the females are smaller and covered with hair at the top. Male giraffes may have up to 3 additional horns.
  8. Giraffes have four stomachs that help them digest food.
  9. Drinking is a dangerous time for a giraffe. While it is getting a drink it cannot keep a look out for predators and is easy to attack.
  10. Sometimes when fighting male giraffes keep their neck over a female’s neck. They fight together.
  11. A female giraffe gives birth to babies while standing up. The baby drops 6 feet to the ground without a scratch. If it was me, I would break my bones.
  12. Giraffes have bluish-purple tongues which are tough and covered in bristly hair to help them with eating the thorny Acacia trees.