World Giraffe Day is a day to celebrate, raise support, create awareness and shed light on the challenges giraffe face in the wild. By supporting World Giraffe Day YOU help save giraffes in Africa. With only 100,000 giraffes remaining in the wild, we need to act NOW!
#1. Giraffes are the tallest mammals on Earth. Their legs alone are about 6 feet.
#2. Giraffes can run up to 35 mph over short distances and 10 mph over longer distances.
#3. Giraffes require over 75 pounds of food a day—with a diet of leaves, this means they eat all the time!
#4. Giraffes only need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period, which they do while standing up!
#5. Giraffes only need to drink water once every couple of days. They get most of their water from plants —which is good considering their height makes the process of drinking a bit awkward.
#6. Female giraffes often return to where they were born to give birth. Calves receive a rough welcome into the world by falling up to 6 feet to the ground. Ouch!
#7. Baby giraffes can stand up and even run within an hour of being born.
#8. Giraffes' tongues can be up to 20 inches long.
#9. Giraffes have enormous hearts. They are two feet long and weigh up to 22 pounds!
#10. Male giraffes fight with their necks because it's the most powerful and maneuverable weapon they have – this display of dominance is called "necking" Necking can be low or high intensity. During a high intensity necking fight the giraffes repeatedly slam their necks against one another and use head butts with the horns, known as ossicones. They may also try a debilitating kick with their hooves! Hiii-yah!