Zoo Snapshot – Giraffe

Reticulated giraffe
Giraffa camelopardalis

Vulnerable:  68,293, decreasing (IUCN, 2016)
Giraffes are the world’s tallest land mammal averaging between 14 to 19 feet.

Habitat: Savanna and woodland areas of Africa. Some herds have adapted to desert environments.

This is a picture of a giraffe drinking water at the Zoo. When a giraffe stoops to take a drink it spreads its front legs and lowers its head to the water’s surface.

At the El Paso Zoo: Across from the Kalahari Research Station in Africa 

Long necks and legs make up the majority of their height. Giraffes have dark patches, or spots, on their bodies that are unique to each individual. The tongue of a giraffe is purple which keeps it from getting sunburn.  They are native to the continent of Africa and are found in 18 different countries.

The IUCN Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group (GOSG) currently recognizes a single species, Giraffa camelopardalis. Nine subspecies of Giraffes are currently recognized, although some authorities dispute this taxonomic classification.

Bottom, Donna Brown, Wikimedia Creative Commons
All others Rick LoBello

One Comment Add yours

  1. Diane Green says:

    Beautiful and so graceful


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