Giraffes are the tallest living animals in the world. Even newborn giraffes stand at about 6 feet tall, making them taller than most adult humans. Take a look below for 25 more interesting and weird facts about giraffes.
1. Even though they’re tall, they don’t sleep a lot. Most giraffes sleep for about 10 minutes to 2 hours per day.
2. They usually give birth while standing straight up.
3. Even though they get a little amount of sleep, they don’t lie down. They sleep standing up.
4. Within 10 hours of being born, giraffe offspring can run with other giraffes without struggling.
5. They used to be known as “camel leopards,” due to their tall nature and leopard like patterns on their body. In fact, their scientific name is CAmelopardalis.
6. The patterns on each giraffe is unique, meaning that no two giraffes have the same pattern.
7. Julius Caesar gave them their name. He received a giraffe as a gift and was thrilled with it. After showing it off to the people of Rome, he ended up feeding to the lions.
8. Giraffe tongues can be as long as 45 centimeters, which allow them to pick at fruits and leaves from very tall trees.
9. Even though they’re tall, they’re able to run at speed of up to 35 miles per hour.
10. They conserve water very well, primarily because they don’t sweat or pant when they’re hot. Adult giraffes only need water once per day.
11. Between their pregnancies, female giraffes have a two week period in which they can get pregnant.
12. They’re able to run quickly because their long legs allow them to cover plenty of space in a short amount of time. This also means that they’re average walking speed is around 10 miles per hour.
13. They have sharp 12 inch hooves that can cause a lot of damage to predators. For example, they’ve been known to kill attacking lions just by stepping on them.
14. The Giraffe Dance has been popular in Africa since the 1950s; it supposedly cures and brings strength to people. The dance consists of women sitting down while men dance around them in a circle.
15. A giraffe’s tongue is blue and black so it can be protected from sunburn in hot climates.
16. They’re often seen competing against each other by rubbing their necks against one another. This is known as “necking,” and it’s a practice between male giraffes.
17. Toys ‘R’ Us, chose a giraffe as their mascot in the 1950s. His name was Geoffrey the Giraffe, but he was also known as Dr. G. Raffe.
18. Giraffes often snort and hiss, but they can also make very low sounds which are nearly impossible for humans to hear.
19. A giraffe’s heart weighs about 11 kilograms, which makes it massive when compared to a human heart, which weighs between 0.2 and 0.45 kilograms.
20. Giraffes have the longest tail out of all land mammals. An adult giraffe can have a tail that’s 8 feet long.
21. When female giraffes go to find food, one will stay behind and babysit the giraffe offspring.
22. Baby giraffes play together in a creche for the first five months of their lives, while their mothers go out to hunt for food.
23. Even though giraffes have massive necks, they only have 7 vertebrae, which is the same amount as other animals.
24. In Ancient Egyptian art, giraffes were often depicted as creatures of great power and strength.
25. Male and female giraffes eat from different parts of the same tree. This is to prevent competition between males and females.