Giraffe – Fun Facts

Giraffes are among my favorite animals.  And, to me, give proof of a Creator/Designer.

Did you know there are nine recognized subspecies of giraffe?

  1. Nigerian giraffe
  2. Nubian giraffe
  3. Baringo giraffe
  4. Masai giraffe
  5. Reticulated giraffe
  6. Thornicroft’s giraffe
  7. Kordofan giraffe
  8. Angolan giraffe
  9. Southern giraffe.

The subspecies have differing color patterns and, as many of the names indicate, live in different areas of Africa.

Did you know

  • a giraffe can clean its ears with its own tongue
  • giraffes live 10-15 years in their natural habitat, and about 25 in zoos
  • giraffes sleep only a few minutes at a time and average about 30 minutes total in a day’s time
  • the tallest land mammal is a giraffe
  • giraffes can eat up to 77 pounds (35 kilograms) of food a day
  • due to their height and heart size, giraffes have one of the highest blood pressures
  • a giraffe can drink 12 gallons of water at one time
  • camels can go a long time without water, but a giraffe can go longer
  • at birth, giraffe calves fall 6 feet to the ground
  • baby giraffes are about 6 feet tall at birth
  • if a giraffe’s neck didn’t contain pumping ventricles it would black out every time it raised its head to eat
  • a giraffe’s heart pumps up to 20 gallons (75 liters) of blood every minute, and weighs up to 25 pounds (11 kilograms)
  • a giraffe has just 2 gaits: walking and galloping
  • there are 7 vertebrae in their necks, just like in our necks, but theirs are 5 inches (11 centimeters) long
  • the neck of an adult giraffe is about six feet long (1.8 meters)
  • the spots on each giraffe are distinctive to that animal alone
  • the Arabic word “Xirapha,” which means, “one who walks swiftly,” is where the word “giraffe” comes from
  • giraffes can run up to 35 miles per hour (56 kilometers per hour)

Read more at: Giraffe Facts: Interesting Fun Facts about Giraffes.


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