The giraffe is a genus of African even-toed ungulate mammals, the tallest living terrestrial animals and the largest ruminants. The genus currently consists of one species, Giraffa camelopardalis, the type species.
Did you know: Giraffes can eat 70-80 pounds of leaves a day and feed 16-20 hours. A group of Giraffe is called a “tower” and a group of Giraffe in motion is called a “journey” or a “stretch”? Giraffes can live up to 26 years old in the wild, but they can live much longer in captivity where disease and predators are absent. Discover a giraffe’s life cycle with information from an animal behaviour specialist in this free video on zoo animals.
They are also very intelligent when it comes to food. … Physically, giraffes are quiet, extremely tall, have excellent eyesight and are considered very intelligent. The intelligence of giraffes is a factor in how quickly they adapt behaviourally in response to changing external stimuli.
Giraffes are ruminants (like cows, sheep, and deer). This means that they have more than one stomach. In fact, giraffes have four stomachs, and the extra stomachs assisting with digesting food.
Giraffes are the tallest mammals on Earth. Their legs alone are taller than many humans—about 6 feet. They can run as fast as 35 miles an hour over short distances, or cruise at 10 mph over longer distances. A giraffe’s neck is too short to reach the ground.