Giraffa Camelopardalis Rothschild
Giraffa Camelopardalis Reticulata
- There are less than 670 left in the wild
- Western Kenya and eastern Uganda
- Height: Males: 17-20 feet, Females: 16-18 feet
- Weight: Males: 2600 lbs, Females: 1800 lbs
- Gestation period is approximately 14.5 to 15.5 months
- Usually one baby born per birth
- When the calves are a month old, they join a “nursery” group made up of several mothers and their calves.
- They eat leaves off of treetops including but not limited to acacia, mimosa, and wild apricot.
- They also eat fruits and seedpods.
- Males fight for rights to mate with females by swinging their necks at one another.
- Even though they live in herds, giraffes usually don’t stay in the same herd forever.
- Individuals may come and go, so the makeup of a group is always changing.
- Giraffes are fast runners, reaching speeds of 35 miles per hour.
- Every giraffe has a unique pattern of spots, much like a human fingerprint.
- Have a black prehensile tongue used to strip leaves from branches
- The two foot long, 25 pound heart pumps 16 gallons of blood and giraffes have the highest known blood pressure of any mammal in the world
- In the first 6 months of life, over half the calves fall prey to predators
- Babies are born with the mother standing up so she can guard against predators; they must endure a 6 foot drop to the ground
- Have the same number of vertebrae in their necks as humans (7)
- To drink, they must splay (spread apart) their front legs to reach the water