Amazing facts about giraffes
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Facts about giraffes- Giraffes are the world’s tallest mammal with a height of 16 to 20 feet. they are such amazing animals that possess so may hilarious features. Their unparalle tallness, long necks, unique fur and so many other has resulted into putting them on the list of the unique creatures in the world. Other amazing facts about giraffes include the following.

Giraffes are also referred to as silent animals but they are not mute and this is because of the fact that they seem to lack a vocal code. They usually communicate in different ways such as humming and hissing, swinging their tails, direct strong eye contact and body touching.

Facts about giraffes

Giraffes are recorded to be herbivores feeding mostly on tree stems, leaves of acacia tree and a thorny tree but in need to absorb calcium, they lick carcass bones. Giraffes feed on more than 100 types of leaves.

Giraffes are the tallest animals in the world with the average height of above 8 feet and this is because they possess along neck of about 4 meters. They have a flexible neck which is able to move with the wide range and possess seven vertebrae.

Giraffes and humans have the same number of vertebrae in their necks. They similarly possess neck bones although the bones in the giraffes are enormous.

Giraffes have a strong and excellent vision. They can be able to see a predator from a long distance with the help of their 4-meter enormous neck hence giving it a chance to flee away and also alert the rest of the herd.

Giraffes apply defensive measures to protect the herd and also warn young ones who are the predator’s target. They make strong eye contacts to scare off the predators, make hums and hisses, the mother make whistles to warn the calves. The giraffes make strong kicks as a defensive measure which is capable of killing a lion.

The male and female giraffes possess protuberances of ossified cartilage covered with skin on the head top fussed on the skull called nosecones. Both genders possess this feature although that of the female is short whereas that of the male is long.

Giraffes were once under one known species called Giraffa camelopardalis but later four distinct species of giraffes were introduced and these included southern giraffe (G. giraffa), Masai giraffe (G. tippelskichi), reticulated giraffe (G. reticulate), northern giraffe (G. camelopardalis). There over 11 endangered subspecies such as Nubian giraffes (Roth’s child) giraffes and each species have a unique spot that darken as it keeps growing. This is especially observed in male giraffes.

The giraffes are friendly in nature and this is sighted in their interaction with other animals in the wild. Zebras are mostly seen in close ranges where the giraffes are. This is because giraffes can see in distant areas with the help of their clear vision and their long neck alerting the rest about the predator coming.

Girraffes can be very well sighted while on a safari through the east afarican region through Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda. In Uganda, they can be very well sited in Murchison falls national park, Kidepo valle national park, queen Elizabeth national park, and more recently in Lake mburo national park where they were just introduced from Murchison falls and now very well multiplying.

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