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March 25, 2020

Five Giant Giraffe Facts

Giraffes are known for their elegance and grace, their long necks and beautiful patterned coat make them one of our favourite animals to see when on a game drive.

Five Giant Giraffe Facts

The rangers at The Last Word Kitara gathered these five giant giraffe facts about these incredible animals.


Did you know that giraffes are the world’s tallest living land animal? An adult male giraffe can grow to around 5,5m tall. Their height is helpful for keeping a lookout for predators.

Giraffes have excellent eyesight, allowing them to spot approaching predators from far away.

Their tongue can be up to 53cm long! Giraffes are herbivores (they only eat plants) and use their long necks to reach the leaves and buds at the top of their favourite acacia tress. They also use their long tongues to to help them pull down leaves that are way up high.

Giraffes eat up to 45kg of leaves and twigs in a day, yet they don’t drink a lot of water. This is because they get most of their water from their leafy meals and only need to drink once every few days.

Giraffes are incredibly social animals and live in groups. These groups, called towers, usually have around fifteen members and are led by an adult male. The other members are females and young males.



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