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"Mr Giraffe..."


Palmerston North, New Zealand

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Featured in *"CALENDAR SHOP"
Taken at Wellington Zoo ,North Island ,New Zealand
Canon 40 D
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IUCN: Conservation dependent

  • Each giraffe has a unique spot pattern.
  • Giraffes can spend up to 20 hours a day feeding and can eat up to 66kg of food daily.
  • Giraffes drink water if it is available but can go weeks without it; they rely on the morning dew and the water content of their food.
  • Giraffe can run at speeds up to 50kph but only for short bursts at a time.
  • Females give birth to a single baby after a 15 month pregnancy. The baby is 1.8m tall when it is born, and is born feet first. Calves can stand within an hour of birth.
  • Although generally quiet giraffes have been heard to grunt, snort and bleat.
  • Giraffes sleep the least of any mammal – they only sleep for between 10 minutes and two hours a day.
  • They have only seven vertebrae in their neck, the same number as humans.
  • They have special two way valves in their veins so they can bend over without getting a head rush. A giraffe’s heart is as big as a basketball and weighs around 12kg.
  • A giraffe’s horns are not really horns at all – they are bony masses covered with skin and tufts of hair called ossicones.

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