Giraffe

Giraffes are native to Africa from Chad in the north to South Africa in the south. They prefer savannahs and woodlots. There are four species of giraffes; northern, southern, reticulated and Masai. They can be distinguished from one another by their coat patterns and genetics. There are also several subspecies, 5 or 9 depending in the source of information.

The Giraffe is the tallest terrestrial animal. They stand between 4/3 and 5.7 m (14.1 – 18.7 ft) tall. Males are taller than females. The tallest recorded giraffe was 5.88 m (19.3 ft) tall.

They eat the leaves, fruit and flowers of woody plants, particularly the acacia species. They get much of the water they need from their food. An adult giraffe can eat 34 kg (75 lb) per day. They use their 45 cm (18 in) tongue to strip the leaves from the branches and avoid the thorns of the acacia tree.

Giraffe @ Safari Niagara

  • We have three giraffes at Safari Niagara. Rainbow was born in 2002 and has been here almost that long. Moses and Ziphora were born on different dates in 2015. They have been here since 2016.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodaactyla
Family: Giraffidae
Genus: Giraffa
Species: Giraffa camelopardalis

Did you know?

  • Giraffes were once thought to be a combination of a camel and leopard. That is how the species got its Latin name camelopardalis.
  • Giraffes have only three predators, lions, crocodiles and humans.