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Name: Giraffe, Giraffa

Description: Ruminant mammal with a very long neck and legs, tan coat with orange-brown to black patterns, and short horns.

Location: Africa

Special Features:

  • Very long legs
  • Very long neck
  • Small horns
  • Marked with dark patches
  • Lives in small herds
  • Tallest living animal reaching 20 feet in height
  • Lives up to 25 years
  • Giraffes have long, full eyelashes
  • Can weigh up to 3000 pounds
  • A Giraffe can eat up to 75 pounds of food per day
  • Giraffes defend themselves by kicking
  • Diet: Will eat grass and fruits of various trees and shrubs, but principal food source is the acacia tree

    Neat Fact: Despite its long neck, the giraffe has only seven vertebrae, the same number as man and most other mammals.

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