Giraffa camelopardalis

The giraffe is the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant standing at 5-6m tall. Its chief distinguishing characteristics are its extremely long neck and legs and its distinctive coat patterns.


Its scattered range extends from Chad in the north to South Africa in the south and from Niger in the west to Somalia in the east.


Giraffes inhabit savannas, grasslands and open woodlands.


Their primary food source is acacia leaves.

Social Interaction

Adult giraffes do not have strong social bonds, though they do gather in loose aggregations if they happen to be moving in the same general direction.

Conservation Status

Conservation dependent

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