Giraffa camelopardalis

Quick Facts


Found: Africa
Size: Up to 18 feet
Weight:  Up to 3,500 pounds
Diet: Leaves, twigs, shrubs, & fruit
Life Span:  25 years
Status:  Most subspecies are common

Giraffes are the tallest land animals.  A giraffe could look into a second-story window without even having to stand on its tiptoes!  Their eye is the size of a golf ball and their foot is the size of a dinner plate.  The legs are 6 feet long.  A giraffe's heart is 2 feet long and weighs about 25 pounds and its lungs can hold 12 gallons of air.

Giraffes can run at a speed up to 35 miles per hour.  Since they can easily spot predators, other animals often watch the giraffes--once giraffes start to run, everyone else does too.  Giraffes only need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period.  They often achieve that in quick naps that may last only a minute or two at a time.  Giraffes can rest while standing, but they sometimes also lie down with their head resting on their rump. That’s a vulnerable position for a giraffe, though, so usually one herd member stays on guard. 

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