10 to 15 years in the wild; 20 to 27 years under human care
|Number of young at birth:||Usually one, twins are uncommon but do occur|
|Age of maturity:||3 to 4 years for females, 4 to 5 years for males|
Females up to 16 ft tall; males up to 19 ft tall
Females up to 2,600 lbs; males up to 4,250 lbs
|Size at birth:||
6 ft tall, 100 to 150 lbs
Come visit Bo and Mac in the Charles and Jennifer Johnson Land of the Giants.
- 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 lbs 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 inong and blue-black
- Giraffes can moo, hiss, roar, and whistle
- A giraffe’s eyes are the size of golf balls