Classification Mammal
Location Africa
Conservation Status Least Concern
Scientific Name Giraffa camelopardalis

Giraffes are mammals that primarily lives in the savannas, grasslands, and open woodlands of Africa.


The giraffe is noted for its extremely long neck and legs, as well as its horn-like ossicones. It stands 5–6 m (16–20 ft) tall and has an average weight of 1,600 kg (3,500 lb) for males and 830 kg (1,800 lb) for females. Although the largest males can weigh 1935 kgs ( 4,300 lbs ). They have yellow skin with brown speckles.


Their primary food source is acacia leaves, which they can browse at heights that most other herbivores cannot reach.


Up to nine subspecies of giraffe are recognized (with population estimates as of 2010):


  • Despite having much longer necks than humans, they have the same amount of neck vertebrae as humans.
  • Giraffes are very powerful and a single kick can fatally wound a lion.
  • Giraffes are the tallest of all the land animals.