Giraffes are African animals. They inhabit in open plains called savannahs with widely spaced trees and shrubs. They live in small herds of 12-15 giraffes. They usually eat leaves and twigs of various Acacia species.
Giraffes are very peaceful creatures. They group together in small herds. Each member of the herd is very respectful to others and respects and loves their leader.
Giraffes are the tallest animals on earth, with an average height of five meters. The stride of a giraffe is about 6-8 m in length.
Giraffes have the largest heart and the highest blood pressure of all land animals. Indeed, the giraffe’s heart has to pump blood up a neck about 3 meters long to reach the brain! The giraffe’s heart is really huge: it weighs 11 kg, is 60 cm long and has 6 cm thick walls.
Giraffes also have the longest tongue of all mammals (50 cm). The giraffe can clean his ears with his tongue.
Giraffes have more acute vision than any other African mammal, except cheetahs.
Just like humans, giraffe have only seven neck vertebrae.
Giraffes sometimes sleep lying down, however normally they are in the upright position and sleep standing up and can place their head between two branches so as not to fall.