Scientific Name: Giraffa camelopardalis
Common Name: Giraffe, Giraffa, Kameelperd, La Girafe,
Jirafa, Onduli, Tutwa, !Garo!naib, Umbwenzi
Description: Tallest animal on land, it has a
very long neck with seven vertebrae the same amount as humans. It's color is a
whitish yellow covered with light brown patches, which became darker with age.
It also have two short horns on it's head that are covered
Difference in Sex: The females are a bit slighter in
build . Bothe sexes have horns, male's horns are vertical and untappered whereas
the female's horns are thinner, shorter and tappered.
Average Weight of Adult male: About 1000 kg
Habitat: Open scrub with trees and scrubs for browsing,
several diffrent acacia types are a requirement for their diet.
Habits: They are diurnal animals which lifes in
smallish herds, they rest during the hottest time of day.
Main feeding time: Day time
Size: Shoulder height up to 3 m
Gestation: 14 to 15 months
Number of young at birth: Single calf
Communication: Giraffes are generally silent but snort
or grunt when alarmed and calves sometimes bleat.
Age: Approx 28 years
Diet: They mainly browse. They eat tender shoots,
leaves, fruit, flowers, twigs including thorns and bark, and also young fresh
grass and even old bones.
Enemies: Lion and very large hyaena packs, leopards may
also be a problem to smaller giraffe.