| Many people recognize a giraffe by
both its height and its spots. When in herds the spotted coats act as
a camouflage confusing predators. However most researchers believe the
spots do not protect them from predators. If a predator is nearby
giraffes do not try to hide themselves in the trees, instead they just stand
and watch. If they are in great danger they will run, but research has
shown they do not hide.
There most useful adaptation is the familiar
long neck. Giraffe's necks can be six feet long. Surprisingly
they have the same number of vertebrae as most other mammals, seven.
Their vertebrae are just greatly elongated. there are a variety of
advantages to their long necks. First it allows them to reach leaves
and vegetation they feed on. Another advantage is being able to look
for predators. Since they do not hide from predators it is very
important that they see the enemy at all times. The long neck allows
them to see over smaller trees and bushes, they can also see predators at a