Meet Gerome the Giraffe
Fun Facts About Giraffes
- Giraffes live in the savannas, grasslands and woodlands of central, eastern and southern Africa.
- The name “giraffe” comes from an African word that means “fast walker.”
- Giraffes are the tallest land animals in the world, with male giraffes growing as tall as 18 feet. Female giraffes are a bit smaller, growing to an average of 14 to 16 feet.
- Six feet tall at birth, even baby giraffes are taller than most humans.
- Giraffes have long tongues, growing up to 17 inches. Their long tongues help giraffes pull leaves from trees.
- Giraffes eat about 75 pounds of food each day. They eat mostly leaves and twigs they find high up in trees.
- Because they can only eat a few leaves or twigs at a time, giraffes spend most of their day eating.
- Giraffes do not need much sleep. They sleep from 10 minutes to two hours per day.
- Like human fingerprints, no two giraffes have the same spot pattern.
- Both male and female giraffes have skin-covered knobs on the tops of their heads. These knobs are called “ossicones,” and help to protect a giraffe’s head