giraffePhoto Credit: Gary M. Stolz

Giraffa camelopardalis

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Size: Males are large than females; 14 to 19 feet tall, weighing between 400 to 4000 pounds.

Range: Central to Southern Africa.

Habitat: savannah, grasslands, open woodlands, forests with dense vegetation.

Diet: Herbivorous; twigs and leaves of the Mimosa tree.

Breeding: One calf born, the newborn is 6 feet tall.

Notes: Giraffes can run up to 35 mph and only need 10 minutes of sleep a day.

Description & Behavior
The tallest vertebrate animal; the Giraffe has a lean, lanky body, a long neck, tall limbs and an 18 inch tongue. The coat of the Giraffe is a brown to chestnut in color with squarish spots and a strip of tawny, beigy colored hair that runs from the back of the head down to its tail. Every giraffe has a unique coloring pattern.