The Evolution of Giraffes

By: Lakayla Henderson

When Giraffes are born, they usually have short necks. They stretch their necks out in order to grow. Giraffes originated in Africa and their are 9 different species and some of them are Angola Giraffe, West Africa Giraffe, Thornicroft Giraffe and Nubian Giraffe. Giraffes are herbivores and they mainly feed on Acacia plants.

Giraffes live in Africa Savannas where they freely roam among the arid land and tall trees. Giraffes are Ruminants. Ruminants are animals that have four stomachs.

Male giraffes fight for females with their neck. This technique is called "Necking". A female giraffe gives birth standing up. Giraffes are usually 18 feet tall. When they give birth they stand up and the calfs drop 6 feet under them. Drinking can be very dangerous for giraffes. When the giraffe is drinking water it can't keep a look out for predators. Giraffes have bluish-purle tongue that are covered in bristly hair to help the giraffe eat the acacia leaves. Giraffes can sprint up to 35 miles per hour over short distances and 10 miles per hour over long distances.

Giraffes are the tallest animal in the world. They stand at 19 feet tall with long necks and can weigh up to 3000 pounds. Giraffes come from the Animalia kingdom. Although a giraffes neck is 1.5-1.8 meters, it contains the same amount of vertebrates as a human neck.

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