Giraffes have incredibly long necks and vary in color from light tan to nearly black. They have markings on their coat that are as individual as a human's fingerprints.
Giraffes are the tallest animals on the planet. The male giraffe grows up to 18 feet and the female giraffe reaches up to 14 feet. Along with a 6 foot long neck, they also have very long legs, that measure up to 6 feet. They have two small horns on the top of their heads that are known as ossicones; the ossicones are covered in hair and are part of the giraffe's skull.Learn More
Giraffe coat colors vary from light tan to nearly black. As of 2014, there are nine definite subspecies of the giraffe that differ in habitat and lifestyle, which accounts for their varying colorations. The markings on one subspecies of giraffe, the Thornicroft, may darken with age.Full Answer >
Adult giraffes are typically between 14 and 19 feet tall. Calves, or young giraffes, are an average of 6 feet tall when they're born. Giraffes are the tallest land animals in the world.Full Answer >
Jean Baptiste Lamarck, a French biologist who had an alternate evolutionary theory of biology to that of Charles Darwin, explained that giraffes have long necks because as they reached for leaves in high branches of trees, their necks became longer and stronger. Their offspring, in turn, would inherit necks that were slightly longer.Full Answer >
According to National Geographic, the average lifespan for a giraffe in the wild is 25 years. Giraffes have been known to live longer when in captivity in zoos.Full Answer >