Today is World Giraffe Day.
Giraffes are the worlds tallest living animal with one species and 9 sub-species.
Wild Giraffe are found only in Africa and are considered threatened due to habitat loss and use as bush meat.
They usually inhabit savannahs and grasslands but the Angolan Giraffe is known to live in desert environments.
They are herbivores and are able to co-exist with domestic livestock as they don't compete for the same food, Giraffes being able to reach leaves high in the canopies of trees where cattle and other livestock can't reach.
The Giraffe fossil record dates back to around 8 million years although the current Giraffe species is thought to be only around a million years old. They are related to the much smaller Okapi which is also called the Forest Giraffe or Zebra Giraffe.
A fully grown male Giraffe can reach a height of 5.7m or 19 ft and weigh up to 1200kg or 2600lb's. They have a lifespan of around 25 years in the wild.
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By Brendon Crook