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Giraffe

Giraffa camelopardalis

There is only one species of giraffe, but many subspecies. Their closest relative is the okapi, found in the African forests.

measurements

Measurements

Size: Height - 4.3 - 5.5m
Weight: 550 - 1930kg

habitat

Habitat

Giraffe are found on the dry savannahs of Africa south of the Sahara.

diet

Diet

Giraffes are browsers mainly feeding on Acacia trees. Giraffes drink regularly when water is available, but can go for long periods without drinking.

behaviour

Breeding

After a pregnancy of around 14 to 15 months, a single calf is born. They are 6 feet (1.8m) tall and able to walk within one hour of birth.

threat

Conservation

Giraffe have recently been classed as ‘Vulnerable’, as their wild population has dropped by up to 40% in just 30 years. Habitat loss and degradation are major threats, along with hunting for their meat and hide. Thankfully many giraffe do occur in protected areas and there is a successful captive breeding programme.

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