Math in a Minute: Giraffe Edition
Volume 3 Issue 11
Baby Giraffe is Here!
Baby Giraffe Gets A Name, Kopano
After five days of online voting that drew more than 10,000 votes, the public has spoken: the Dallas Zoo’s new baby giraffe will be named “Kopano,” meaning “united” in Botswana.
The calf was gently introduced to the outdoor feeding yard habitat over the weekend. But starting Monday, he will make regular afternoon appearances outdoors, weather permitting. The giraffe keepers will keep a close eye on temperature, wind and rain to ensure that he remains safe and healthy.
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The Dallas Zoo Giraffes
The Dallas Zoo's giant 67-foot-tall giraffe statue has been there for the past 17 years
The Dallas Zoo has a herd of 12 giraffes.
This is one of the largest herds in the nation.
The Dallas Zoo has 7 males and 5 female giraffes.
The giraffes at the Dallas Zoo live on an 11-acre habitat.
Below are many different facts and measurements about giraffes. Learners can estimate the numbers behind these facts. These can also be done as a Three Act Math.
Act 1: How tall is a giraffe?
Act 2: How would you change your estimate?
Act 3: A baby giraffe is 6 feet tall
Giraffes in Numbers
- Which is heavier?... a giraffe or a piano? Check your answers here.
- Which is faster?... a giraffe or a car? Check your answers here.
- Which is longer?... a giraffe or a school bus? Check your answers here.
- A giraffe's tongue is 18-20 inch (45-50 centimeters) long.
- The giraffe is extinct in 7 different African countries.
- Big bull giraffes can reach vegetation that is 19 feet up, which is a yard higher than cows.
- Surprisingly, even with its long neck, the giraffe has the same number of vertebrae in its neck as humans do. Giraffe have seven cervical vertebrae, but each one can be about 10 inches long.
- The giraffe has an extremely high blood pressure (280/180 mm Hg) which is twice that found in humans. Additionally, the heart beats up to 170 times per minute double that of humans.
- Giraffe feet are the size of a dinner plates with a diameter of 30cm.
- The giraffe is the tallest mammal in the world. Even newborn giraffe are taller than most humans.
- A giraffe heart weighs approximately 24.25 lbs (11kg) and is the biggest of any land mammal.
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