Monday, August 24, 2009

Why Do Giraffes Have Long Necks?


The Giraffe is the tallest among all living animals. The strange shape has made the giraffe perfectly suitable to obtain its food.

A giraffe eats only the leaves of the plants, so its height enables it to reach the leaves on trees which grow in tropical lands where there is less grass. A giraffe’s tongue is often a foot and half long which it can use skillfully to pick the smallest leaves from the thorny plants without being pricked.

It also has a long upper lip, which helps it to wrench off many leaves at a time. If the giraffe wants to drink water from the ground, it adopts a peculiar style of spreading its legs far apart, so that it can reach down easily.


Below Giraffes info from Wikipedia (

The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest of all land-living animal species, and the largest ruminant. It is covered in large, irregular patches of yellow to black fur separated by white, off-white, or dark yellowish brown background. The average mass for an adult male giraffe is 1,191 kilograms (2,630 lb) while the average mass for an adult female is 828 kilograms (1,830 lb).[3][4] It is approximately 4.3 metres (14 ft) to 5.2 metres (17 ft) tall, although the tallest male recorded stood almost 6 metres (20 ft).

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