"Giraffe" other wildlife Tip by mvtouring

other wildlife, Kruger National Park: 52 reviews and 54 photos

  Giraffe
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Vital statistics

Record height 5,88m Average height about 5 m for males, 4,5 for females.
Weight 1200 males, 825 females
Duration of life about 28 years.
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Notes of Interest

Unmistakeable amongst African wildlife, the giraffe with its long neck is the tallest animal in the world - the sky-scraper of the bushveld.

Their bodies are covered in irregularly shaped patterns of colour which tends to darken with age. The shape of these patches are used to distinguish the sub-species.

Calves weigh about 100 kg at birth and stand at 1,5 m. Females can reach a height of 4,3 in 5 years - an incredible rate of growth

Giraffes have very high blood pressure which is needed to pump blood up that long neck to the brain. At the heart it is 260/160 (compared with 120/80 in humans).

Giraffes walk in an unusual way, their fore and hind legs on the same side moving together. They run in an ungainly fashion with their necks swinging backwards and forwards in rhythm with their leg movements. They can move at speeds up to 50 km/h, not very fast considering the length of their legs but they can keep this up for several kilometers

Giraffes are prone to boken limbs through slipping on wet surfaces.

Mainly silent they can grunt or snort when alarmed but have been heard to bellow when hungry and moo when lonely. They sometimes whistle, growl, cough, scream and even snore.

They are not water dependent and can go without water for weeks. Drinking at a waterhole is ungainly and dangerous. Before drinking, they first carefully scan the horizon for any predators, and then precariously spread their front legs and stoop down.

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  • Written Oct 11, 2004
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