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GIRAFFES (Click on an image to see the actual notecard size)
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The Masai giraffe of Africa has a scattered range in the portion of the African continent south of the Sahara desert. The species prefers the dry savannah and thrives on a diet of wild apricots, mimosa, legumes, and acacia leaves.

Adult females give birth to one offspring about every two years. The gestation period is 14 months.

The species attains a height of as much as 18 feet. This ensures that the species is able to procure a steady food supply. Individuals may live up to 20 years.

Text © 1993 Dianne Harrah, Drawing © 1993 Bill Harrah.

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Giraffes are the tallest animals in the world. Males top out at 19-feet tall. Although their necks alone can be eight-feet long and weigh about 600 pounds, giraffes have the same number of vertebrae in their necks as humans (seven).

To support body weights of as much as 4,250 pounds, giraffes may eat up to 75 pounds of leaves per day, preferably from the branches of acacia trees. These treesí long thorns ward off most animals, but giraffes skillfully use their 18- to 20-inch prehensile tongues to reach around the thorns. Many zoologists believe the blue-black color protects the giraffesí tongues from sunburn. Because acacia leaves are so moist, giraffes can go months in their native African savannas and grasslands without drinking water. If water is readily available, however, they can drink 10 gallons a day.

They typically venture to watering holes in groups of 12 to 15, taking turns to watch for predators and alerting each other with moans. Keen senses of sight and smell combine with speeds of up to 32 mph to keep them out of harmís way. When cornered, they can defend themselves with deadly kicks. For even more protection, their spots serve as camouflage. These defenses enable them to live about 25 years in the wild.

Both male and female giraffes have hair-covered horns called ossicones. Males use them to playfully fight with one another. As males age, calcium deposits form on their skulls, making it appear that they have as many as five horns.

Text © 2006 Terry White, Drawing © 2006 Bill Harrah.

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The information for the written description of each animal has been carefully researched by the authors and is believed to be accurate. New scientific observations, however, could make some information out-of-date. If you are a professional zoologist, and have new information that you are willing to share, please contact Dianne Harrah .