Giraffes tower over Africa's plains. These tall animals are identified by their long necks, equally long and spindly legs, and spotted coats. Most giraffes have a tan, white or yellow coats that are spotted with brown, square shapes. A giraffe's neck alone is 6 feet 1.
10 Giraffe Facts!
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The giraffe Giraffa is an African artiodactyl mammal , the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. It is traditionally considered to be one species , Giraffa camelopardalis , with nine subspecies. However, the existence of up to eight extant giraffe species has been described, based upon research into the mitochondrial and nuclear DNA , as well as morphological measurements of Giraffa. Seven other species are extinct, prehistoric species known from fossils.
Giraffe guide: species facts, lifespan and habitat
All rights reserved. How fast do baby giraffes grow? How many vertebrae are in that long neck? A truly a unique species, giraffes are found only in sub-Saharan Africa and can reach unbelievable heights.
Programs and events scheduled in April are postponed or cancelled. The Zoo will be closed to guests until further notice. Renovations to the leopard den and yard are underway. The Amur leopard Sofiya has been moved to another behind-the-scenes location while this work takes place and will not be spotted by guests until the project is complete. The Tree habitat in the Maryland Wilderness area is closed for renovation until spring.