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Find out some interesting giraffe facts, and share them with your friends or school mates. Did you know that giraffes tongue is almost 2 feet long? Read on!

  • Giraffes’ life span is 20-28 years.
  • A giraffe’s tongue is black.
  • The name Giraffe Camelopardalis means ‘one who walks quickly, a camel marked like a leopard’.
    Giraffe Facts

    Giraffes are nonterritorial and sociable. They live in loose, open herds.

  • Male giraffes weigh 3,000-4,000 lbs. (1360 – 1814 kilograms) and can reach 20 feet (6 meter) height.
  • Female giraffes weigh 1,500-2,500 lbs. (680 – 1133 kilograms) and are about 14 (4 meter) feet tall.
  • An adult giraffe’s heart is 2 feet long and weighs about 20 pounds.
  • The mighty giraffe can drink 12 gallons in one setting.
  • Giraffes cannot cough.
  • Giraffes spend most of their lives standing up; they even sleep and give birth standing up.
  • Newborn giraffe calves begin their lives by falling 6 feet to the ground.
  • Giraffes only spend between 10 minutes and two hours asleep per day.
  • Males and females tend to eat from different parts of a tree to ensure that the sexes do not compete for food.
  • Young giraffes hang out in nursery groups until they are around 5 months old.
  • Male giraffes will often neck wrestle to establish dominance in their herds.

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