Celebrate World Giraffe Day by getting to know them a little better

Posted on 21 June 2023 By Jordyn Johnson

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation began World Giraffe Day as an awareness campaign to highlight some of the challenges these long-necked creatures face globally.

Get to know giraffes better, and even learn something new, today with these interesting facts.

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  • Calves spend a lot of their time lying down or standing with small amounts of movement to concentrate their entire food intake toward growth. Growing fast is part of a giraffe’s ‘anti-predator strategy.’
  • Their main pair of horns are present in the embryo. They lie flat until a few days after birth.
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  • They have the strongest tongue of any animal, which can be more than 20 cm long
  • There are 117 000 giraffes worldwide
  • Giraffes can spot early danger signs and alert animals nearby due to their superior vision and height
  • Giraffes do in fact have a voice box. However, due to their narrow trachea and small lung capacity, it is difficult to produce sounds.
  • They have small power naps while standing throughout the day due to predatory dangers. They have one of the shortest sleep requirements of all mammals.
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  • They live up to 25 years in the wild
  • They can eat up to 45 kg of twigs and leaves a day

Pictures: GettyImages

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