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?
- Nigerian giraffe
- Nubian giraffe
- Baringo giraffe
- Masai giraffe
- Reticulated giraffe
- Thornicroft’s giraffe
- Kordofan giraffe
- Angolan giraffe
- 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.