Masai Giraffe Fact Sheet

 

Class:
Mammalia 
Order:
Artiodactyla
Family:
Giraffidae
Genus:
Giraffa
Species:
camelopardalis
Subspecies:
tippelskirchi
Life span:
10 – 15 years in the wild
20 – 27 years under human care
Gestation:
15 months
Number of young at birth:
Usually one, twins are uncommon but do occur
Age of maturity:
Females: 3 – 4 years
Males: 4 – 5 years
Size:
Females: up to 16 ft tall
Males: up to 19 ft tall
Weight:
Females: up to 2,600 lb
Males: up to 4,250 lb
Size at birth:
 6 ft tall
100 – 150 lb

 

Fun Facts:

  • Giraffes have a small hump on their back and have a spotted pattern similar to that of a leopard.

  • For a long time, people called the giraffe a “camel-leopard” because they believed that it was a combination of the leopard.

  • Each subspecies of giraffe has a different coat pattern.

  • Masai giraffes are from Kenya and have patterns that look like oak leaves.

  • Both male and female giraffes have two distinct, hair-covered horns called ossicones. 

  • Eat for 16 – 20 hours a day

  • Giraffes only need 5 – 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period. Often taking quick naps that last only a minute or two at a time.

  • Giraffes can rest while standing but they sometimes also lie down with their head resting on their rump.

  • Giraffes may eat up to 75 lb of leaves per day. Their favorite leaves are from acacia trees.

  • A giraffe’s feet are the size of a dinner plate, 12 in. across

  • A giraffes tongue is 18 – 20 in. long and blue/black

  • Giraffes can moo, hiss, roar, and whistle

  • A giraffe’s eyes are the size of golf balls!

 

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