The giraffe is adapted to its habitat by being able to reach high food with its long neck and tall body. This gives it an advantage during times of food scarcity and drought when the only sustenance is up high on trees.Know More
Another adaptation of the giraffe is its eyesight. Keen eyesight along with the giraffe's long neck and height give it an advantage when it comes to keeping ahead of predators. It can see for long distances and spot lions slinking through the grasslands.
However, the giraffe's long neck does make it difficult to drink from ponds and puddles. In order for it to drink, it must splay its legs far enough apart for its head to reach the ground. The giraffe has adapted for this difficulty by drinking from dew and getting much of its water from the food it eats. It can also go for long periods of time without water. Furthermore, when it does bend down to drink, the neck has a special collection of valves that keeps the blood rush from knocking the giraffe unconscious.
Despite the giraffe's ungainly appearance, its long legs help it to flee from predators. It can reach speeds up to 35 miles per hour.Learn more about Giraffes
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 >
Riding a giraffe is possible but not very feasible. Shandor Larenty of South Africa has been raising an orphaned giraffe named Mara since 2012 and has been training her for riding since she was 3 months old. Larenty's great-uncle reportedly rode a giraffe as a circus performer in the 1950s.Full Answer >
An adult giraffe can grow to be 14 to 19 feet tall. Giraffes are the tallest mammals in the world.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >