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Giraffes, Living Towers

Updated on May 22, 2014

The Giraffe

If you’re asking about the world’s tallest animal in the world, don’t look further. If you’re probably asking yourself if it’s the giraffe, well you got it right. The giraffe is possibly the tallest animal in the world, if we’re not talking about comparisons to prehistorical animals, humanity did not really experience that era. The giraffe is believed to be the closest link to prehistory. Standing at an average height of approximately 14 feet to 20 feet, giraffes are the living towers. The giraffe’s legs alone are taller than any human being above the height of 6 feet. With these tremendously long legs, giraffes are able to run at speeds of up to 56 kilometers per hour, over short distances, cruising over 16 kilometers per hour, over long distances.

Location and Distinct Characteristics

You can only find these amazing creatures in the motherland of the big five, Africa. They are largely populated in parts of East Africa, and sections of West and South Africa. These areas are suitable for giraffes to thrive mainly because they are composed of vast areas that are covered in open grasslands and savannahs. They usually roam in small groups, consisting of at least half a dozen giraffes per group. The great height of giraffes is not only for the show, but it serves as an adaptation feature that helps the animal to adjust to its environmental needs. The long neck enables giraffes to browse for buds and leaves in treetops. It creates less competition for food, since a few animals are able to reach these far heights, which are comfortably maneuvered by the giraffe. I would be considered graceful to watch these creatures feed. With the help of 53-centimeter long tongues, hey are able to pluck morsels from tree branches. Shocking enough, their tongues are extra hard, enabling them to feed on the thorniest trees leaves, including their favorite treat, the acacia tree. A giraffe can consume up to hundreds of pounds of leaves in one week, travel over a mile to locate enough food.

A giraffe’s height is not only useful for its location for food. In the African jungles, where the wild consists of the predator and the unfortunate prey, giraffes use their unique height to maintain a steady look out for potential predators.

However, with great abilities also come greater disabilities and challenges. A giraffe’s height is not only beneficial, but disadvantageous at some point. Drinking water for holes and mere water sources poses as a major problem for these creatures. It is torturing enough watching these animals attempt to drink water form holes and rivers, from animal channels such as the National Geographic. Living in the environment around this creature, it is clear to see that these animals undergo a daily struggle and risk when they have to drink water. They usually have to spread their legs apart bend down in awkward positions. In doing so, they become vulnerable to close by predators such lions, among other dangerous African big cats. However, giraffes only require drinking water at least once a week, since they obtain most of their water from luscious plants consumed.

In the wild safari tour
In the wild safari tour | Source

Giraffes are considered as nature’s beauty, with lovely and conspicuous spotted coats that are rich in color, at the same time blending with nature. These prints are as unique as human fingerprints, such that no two giraffes have matching spots. This adds up to the creature’s fascination. One more fun thing about giraffes is that they are friendly. Take a trip to any giraffe park in Africa and you'll see what I'm talking about.


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      Rogan 3 years ago from Kenya

      Arusha, that sounds like a blast. This was at the Mara. They're really tall. I'd like to read an article of yours on the wild. Bet it would be a good one. Cheers.

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      Anjili 3 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

      Quite informative on the tallest animal in the world. I enjoyed the read. I was in Arusha recently and wouldn't avoid pondering over wild animals including the giraffe. The snaps were pretty good and a sight to behold. Keep up with the good work. Good share.


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      Rogan 3 years ago from Kenya

      The giraffe parks in Africa are really cool. You can feed them. Also, in the wild you get to see lots of animals, including the big five, through safaris and drives in the wild. You should plan and take visit, you'll love it.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I'd love to go to a giraffe park in Africa. Unfortunately, the only interaction I've had with a giraffe is at an American zoo, where you can feed them. The tongues were all green and they were slurpy. However, they were very friendly.