The sound made by male giraffes is similar to a loud human cough and is used to attract a potential mate. Researchers have observed giraffes making noises both in the wild and in captivity, often during the mating season.Know More
Females use a low, bellowing sound when separated from their calves and a hissing or growling sound to reprimand and protect them. Young giraffes emit a variety of sounds that include snorts, mewing and mooing.
Giraffes are also capable of hearing infrasound at frequencies well below what the human ear can detect. This may explain why they appear sensitive to approaching danger and natural disasters. Infrasound is especially useful when communicating over long distances, such as the grassy plains of southern and central Africa, where giraffes make their home.Learn more about Giraffes
A pygmy giraffe is a breed of giraffe much smaller than the animals found in the African grasslands. This breed grows to about 5 or 6 feet tall and is sometimes kept as a pet.Full Answer >
A baby giraffe is about 6 1/2 feet tall at birth and weighs about 220 pounds. A baby giraffe is called a calf, and the gestation time for giraffes is about 15 months.Full Answer >
Giraffes are strict herbivores that eat seedpods, flowers, leaves and fruit. While their size and ability to see predators at great distances help them to avoid most predators, lions, hyenas, leopards and crocodiles occasionally catch and eat giraffes.Full Answer >
Giraffes are capable of running at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour for a short period of time and can travel longer distances when moving at around 10 miles per hour. A giraffe's ability to run quickly is due to the fact that they have long legs that are well suited to traversing the tough African landscape.Full Answer >