Giraffe

Here’s a tall tale for you. With their distinctive long necks, giraffes are the world’s tallest mammal. But did you know that they also have one of the longest tails? They can be up to 2.5 meters long, including the tuft on the end, which is used for waving away flies.

Each giraffe’s spotty coat is unique to the individual animal, and a number of subspecies of giraffe are recognized by their differing skin patterns. A giraffe’s walk is unique too. They move the limbs on one side of their body together, then the other side together. This allows them to make longer strides and save energy in the hot African sun.

Scientific name
Giraffa camelopardalis
Family
Giraffidae
Order
Artiodactyla
Lifespan
20 to 25 years.
Fast facts
A giraffe’s heart is the size of a basketball and weighs up to 12.5kg.
A giraffe has 7 neck bones – the same as a human.
A giraffe’s tongue is blue! The colour works as a natural protection against the sun.
Conservation status
Vulnerable