Giraffa camelopardis reticulate
18 feet tal
up to 20
Name of Young
- 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.