Interesting Facts

The word camelopardalis comes from the latin words for camel and leopard because the giraffe was described as a cross between the two. 

Every time a giraffe picks up its neck, it is picking up around 550 pounds. 

A giraffe can eat up to 77 pounds and drink 12 gallons of water in a single day.

Giraffes usually only sleep about 30 minutes per day.

Not only do they have long legs and necks; they also have very long tongues. Giraffes are able to clean their own ears with their tongues.

There is such thing as an albino giraffe, but they are extremely rare. The last one seen was in 2005 by Charles Foley.


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