The giraffe is the tallest mammal in the world, whose new born babies are also taller than most humans. They spend most of their lives standing up – they give birth standing up and even sleep standing up. New born giraffes can stand within half an hour of being born, and in the next 24 hours are already running around with their family members. They live primarily in savanna areas in the sub-Saharan region of Africa. They are usually seen eating off of tall trees such as the acacia trees and are known distinctly for their long blue-black tongues. Their tongues average to a length of 20 cm and they consume up to 100 lbs of leaves and twigs a day.

       Giraffes are the national animal of Tanzania, and can be found on money notes when held up to the light. Giraffes are also very popular animals, in no danger from becoming endangered, and can be found in all the national parks in Tanzania as well as in Kenya. Although they are quite far from being endangered, they do face survival threats such as the loss of habitat due to logging for firewood. They are also quite often hunted for their meat and hides. Sometimes giraffes are also seen on the road trip from Arusha/Kilimanjaro to Nairobi. In addition to being seen quite often, there is a reserve in Nairobi, Kenya that allows you to feed the giraffes and get quite close to them as they are not harmful animals.

       Here are a couple of interesting facts about giraffes that you may not have known about them previously:

  • Female giraffes can become pregnant at the age of 5, and they carry kids for up to 15 months.

  • They live up to 25 years in the wild.

  • No two giraffes have the same spot pattern.

  • A giraffe tongue can grow up to 45cm long.

  • They sleep for 10 minutes to 2 hours a day.

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