Reticulated Giraffe

Our Reticulated Giraffe, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Reticulated Giraffe (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Reticulated Giraffe Facts
Reticulated Giraffe
Giraffa camelopardis reticulate

Type
Mammal
Life Span
20-25 years
Size
18 feet tal
Average Weight
Females:1600 lbs
Males:2500 lbs
Group Name
Tower, herd
Group Size
up to 20
Name of Young
Calf

Our Reticulated Giraffe, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Reticulated giraffes are the tallest of the giraffes species, and are also the tallest animal in the world.
  • The species name “camelopardis” is Greek for camel with spots. Every giraffe’s spots are different just like human fingerprints.
  • Female giraffes give birth standing up. They have a gestation period of 14-15 months. Giraffe calves are about 5.5-6 feet tall at birth and are born with ossicones. Ossicones are small hair covered horns.
  • Giraffes can drink up to 12 gallons of water in a single sitting. The veins in their necks have one way valves to regulate blood flow to the brain. This prevents them from getting dizzy when they bend over to drink. A giraffe’s heart can weigh up to 25 lbs and is strong enough to work against gravity and pump blood up their long necks.
  • Giraffes have an 18 inch long grasping tongue.

Did you Know?

A giraffe’s neck can be as long as 8 feet, but they have the same number of bones in their neck as we do. Both humans and giraffes have 7 vertebrae in their necks. A giraffe’s vertebrae are just larger than a human’s.