Giraffes are herbivorous animals found in the plains of Africa. The great Savannah plains of Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe are home to these animals. Giraffes forage for food in the dry African brush and also eat leaves found on the tall acacia trees found commonly in Africa.Know More
Giraffes are the tallest of all land animals and may frequently reach a height of 20 feet. They have long, powerful hind legs that are often used to fight off potential predators. Their kick can often be lethal. They can frequently reach speeds of 40 kilometers per hour when chased.
Giraffes have a life span of about 25 years.Learn More
Giraffes have vocal cords and exhibit a variety of sounds, including moaning, snoring, hissing and flutelike sounds, according to the San Diego Zoo. A calf bleats or mews to communicate with its mother, while the mother makes a roaring bellow to locate her young.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 >
Giraffes can jump. Even though giraffes technically have the ability to jump, it is not generally in their nature to jump. The highest recorded fence jumped by a giraffe was 1 meter high.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 >