What is giraffe?

  • (noun): Tallest living quadruped; having a spotted coat and small horns and very long neck and legs; of savannahs of tropical Africa.
    Synonyms: camelopard, Giraffa camelopardalis


The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. Its species name refers to its camel-like appearance and the patches of color on its fur. Its chief distinguishing characteristics are its extremely long neck and legs, its horn-like ossicones and its distinctive coat patterns. It stands 5–6 m (16–20 ft) tall and has an average weight of 1,600 kg (3,500 lb) for males and 830 kg (1,800 lb) for females. It is classified under the family Giraffidae, along with its closest extant relative, the okapi. There are nine subspecies, which are distinguished by their coat patterns.

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Medici Giraffe
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Giraffe - Relationship With Humans - Exploitation and Conservation Status
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