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Celebrating the Giraffe

 
A safari is one of the most rewarding holidays for families. It is the chance to spend quality time together, to share unique experiences. The giraffe is one of Africa’s most spectacular mammals. Shy in nature, you may first glimpse just a head above the tree line – their stature makes it impossible to hide – as they watch you respectfully approach.

To celebrate World Giraffe Day, we have collated some fascinating giraffe facts along with the best places in Africa to see them up close.
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FACTS ABOUT GIRAFFES 

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1. Giraffe are the tallest of all land animals – from the moment they are born, they are already taller than you and I.

2. A giraffe's tongue is blue-black in colour to prevent it from getting sunburnt. It can grow up to 18 inches in length.

3. There are two collective nouns for giraffe: standing still, we call them a ‘tower’, and on the move a ‘journey’.

4. Giraffe have a lifespan of 20 to 25 years.
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5. A giraffe will usually only sleep for about 12 minutes at a time.

6. Just like human fingerprints, no two individuals have the same coat pattern.

7. Giraffes have the highest known blood pressure of any creature on earth.

8. There is only one species of giraffe – with nine subspecies that are identified by their patterns.
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9. Giraffe eat up to 75 pounds of food per day.

10. A giraffe’s neck is not long enough to reach the ground. So, to drink they spread their front legs in a yoga-esque pose to reach the water.

11. A giraffe’s foot is around 12 inches in diameter - that’s approximately the size of a dinner plate.

12. A giraffe’s favourite food is the acacia leaf. Males and females will browse on different parts of the tree, so they don’t compete for food.
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13. Giraffe’s bodies had to adapt to cope with their long legs and necks. They are so unique that NASA carried out research on giraffe to help develop their space suits!

14. Male giraffe participate in neck wrestling to establish dominance in a herd.

15. Giraffe very rarely lie down – they eat and even give birth standing up.
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Giraffe on the lawn at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi
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