Interesting Giraffe Facts for Kids
10. Spending most of the day eating, a full-grown giraffe consumes over 100 lbs. or 45 kilograms of leaves and twigs each day. Giraffes live primarily in savanna areas in the sub-Saharan region of Africa. Savannas are characterized as grasslands with few trees, so every little advantage helps. Their extreme height allows them to eat leaves and shoots located much higher than most other animals can reach. Giraffe tongues are huge! They are up to 17 inches or 45cm long and are specially adapted to allow giraffes to forage on trees that other animals would avoid, such as acacias, which are very thorny.
8. Giraffes only spend between 10 minutes and two hours sleeping per day. They have one of the shortest sleep requirements of any mammal. In general, they sleep with their feet tucked under them and their head resting on their hindquarters, but they can also sleep for short periods of time standing up.
7. Young giraffes hang out in nursery groups until they are around 5 months old, resting and playing together while their mothers forage in the distance. Baby Giraffes can stand within half an hour and after only 10 hours can actually run alongside their family.
6. Giraffes are sociable, peaceful animals which rarely fight. Males do perform a behavior called necking where they will hit necks; howe, er these encounters rarely last more than a couple of minutes and seldom result in injury. The knobs on their heads, called ossicones, are used to protect the head when males playfully fight.
4. A giraffe’s neck is too short to reach the ground. As a result, it has to awkwardly spread its front legs or kneel to reach the ground for a drink of water.
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1. A giraffe’s spots are much like human fingerprints. No two individual giraffes have exactly the same pattern.
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