Baby giraffes are called calves. A calf can stand and walk about an hour after it is born, and it begins exploring vegetation within a week.Know More
Giraffe babies are usually calm. If a mother leaves a calf alone, it will sit quietly and wait for her to return.
Older calves stay in a "nursery" with other calves. One giraffe mother stays to watch over them while the others find food and socialize. Calves develop social skills through nursery play as well as build strength and dexterity.
Although they will eat bits of vegetation when very young, giraffes do not eat leaves regularly until they are about 4 months old. They continue nursing until they are about 6 to 9 months of age.Learn more in Giraffes
Giraffes have long necks in order to reach leaves, fruits and flowers high up in trees. They feed on broad-leafed trees in the rainy seasons and on evergreen trees in other seasons. Their long necks allow them to reach leaves that other animals cannot.Full Answer >
The general giraffe population throughout Africa is starting to decline, with the West African giraffe having the lowest population at less than 300. With less than 80,000 giraffes in Africa, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation is working hard to create conservation methods to protect the current population and help it grow.Full Answer >
Giraffes can live as long as 25 years on the open grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa and up to 30 years in captivity. However, infant mortality is high among giraffes. Approximately 50 percent of giraffe calves do not survive past six months.Full Answer >
Giraffes primarily communicate with each other using infrasonic sounds and vibrations, much like dolphins and some whales. Although giraffes are among the tallest mammals on the planet, they are some of the most silent. Giraffes rarely utter vocal sounds, although they occasionally interact with each other via grunts or high-pitched whistle-like cries.Full Answer >