Reticulated GiraffeGiraffa camelopardalis reticulata
Class: Mammalia Order: Artiodactyla Family: Giraffidae
Height: 14-18 ft
Weight (Males): 2400-4250 lbs
Weight (Females): 1540-2600 lbs
These herbivores feed on leaves, particularly those from acacia trees.
Habitat & Range
Grasslands in Somalia, southern Ethiopia, and northern Kenya
- Giraffes are the tallest of all land animals. Male giraffes may be as tall as 18 feet.
- A giraffe’s neck can be as long as 6-8 feet, but they have the same number of bones in their neck as we do. Both humans and giraffes have 7 vertebrae in their necks. A giraffe’s vertebrae are just larger.
- A giraffe’s heart can weigh up to 25 lbs and is strong enough to work against gravity and pump blood up their long necks.
- Giraffes have long tongues that are about 18 inches in length. They use their tongues to grasp leaves and strip them from tree branches.
- The species name “camelopardalis” is Greek for “camel with spots”. Every giraffe’s spots are different just like human fingerprints.
Reticulated giraffes are greatly threatened by loss of habitat and hunting.