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giraffeheadThe word giraffe comes from the Arab word meaning "the one that walks very fast."

There is only one species of giraffe. The species name of the giraffe is camelopardalis. It is derived from the early Roman name, which means camel leopard.

There are 9 giraffe subspecies, each from a different region in Africa. Giraffes are the tallest land mammal, growing up to 19-feet tall and weighing up to 3,000 pounds. Their neck can be as long as 6 feet.

Giraffes walk different than any other four-legged animal. When it walks it swings both feet on one side at the same time. They eat about 75 pounds of food per day and can drink 10 gallons of water at a time.

Giraffes’ horns, or ossicones, are cylinder-shaped, short, thick, and covered with hair. The male giraffe’s ossicones are generally larger than the female giraffe’s ossicones and are bald on top due to fighting with other males. (Observation: As the male giraffes age, they start to develop boney formations on their head that gives the appearance of a third horn, but it’s not another ossicone. It’s a build up of calcium nodules.)

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The giraffe's heart is 2-feet-long and weighs a little over 20 pounds. It works hard to maintain enough pressure in the blood system (circulatory system) to keep blood pushed up and circulating through their brain. The giraffe's heart can pump up to 20 gallons of blood per minute.



Trivia Questions

1. How many bones does a giraffe have in its neck?
A.  7
B.  37
C.  107
D.  207

2. How many different spotting patterns do different giraffes have?
A.  3
B.  9
C.  12
D.  None

3. What kind of giraffe lives at the Wildlife Ranch?
A.  Thornicroft
B.  Nubian
C.  Reticulated
D.  Rothschild

Answers to questions above:
7, 9, and C






Why do giraffes have long necks?
So they don't smell their stinky feet.

Why are giraffes never seen in colleges?
Because they only go to high schools!

Giraffe joke

A police officer is stopped at a red light. While there, he notices a loud noise coming from the trunk of a car in front of him. He approaches the driver of said car and instructs him to get out of the vehicle and open the trunk. The driver complies, and in the trunk are a dozen giraffes. The police officer says, "Take these giraffes to the zoo immediately!!" The driver says, "Right away officer!" and drives off.

The following day the officer is at the same red light, and who should be stopped in front of him, but the same car with the same loud noise coming from the trunk.
The officer is really irritated now and again tells the driver to get out and open his trunk. There are the same dozen giraffes, only this time they're all wearing sunglasses.

The policeman says, "I told you to take these giraffes to the zoo!" The driver replies, "But officer, I did. Today they want to go to the beach!"

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