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A bull giraffe in South Africa

Description[edit | edit source]

The giraffe is a long-necked, long-legged animal that lives in the grasslands of Africa. The front and hind legs have approximately the same length. The giraffe's neck can reach a maximum of two metres in length. Their teeth are very large, but it is difficult to see them. They have a long tongue. The royal giraffe extends into South Africa and Somalia. Giraffes are commonly found on savannahs and prairies or in woods. Their main food is Acacia leaves. Giraffes have been known to weigh up to 1930kg or 4340lbs and grow up to 19ft tall.

Scientific denomination and classification[edit | edit source]

The Giraffe is the tallest living animal in existance. It is classified in the scientific family Giraffidae. The only other animal still alive today in that group is the Okapi.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Giraffes eat around 34 kg / 75lbs of leaves a day and live in warm places. They usually move quite slowly, but when threatened, they can run at quite fast speeds because of the length of their stride. They can live without water for longer than a month.

Habitat[edit | edit source]

Usually they live on the savannah, on prairies and in wooded areas.

Its presence in art (images)[edit | edit source]

Giraffa - Serengeti-Park Hodenhagen 2017 03

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See also[edit | edit source]

Deutscher Kinder:Giraffe

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