Sunday, February 27, 2011

Another favorite, The Giraffe

The Giraffe has to be one of the coolest animals on the planet. I'm sharing more favorites this week. I found my friend here at the Honolulu Zoo back in December 2009.

A male can grow as high as 18 feet (5.5 meters), females up to 14 feet (4.3 meters).
Males can weigh up to 3,000 pounds (1,360 kilograms), females up to 1,500 pounds (680 kilograms).
Their lifespan is between 15 to 20 years.
Those bumps on its head are called ossicones and both the male and female have these.

Size at birth is 6 feet tall (1.8 meters), 100 to 150 pounds (45 to 68 kilograms).
Gestation period: 14 months.
Age of maturity is 3 to 5 years.

A few fun facts
A giraffe's feet is the size of a dinner plate - 12 inches across (30.5 centimeters).
They have the same number of vertebrae in their necks as we do, seven. Each one is just much bigger than ours and can be over 10 inches long (25.4 centimeters).
A giraffe's tongue is 18 to 20 inches long (46 to 50 centimeters), and is blue-black. Some people think the color is to keep it from getting sunburned.
Giraffes can moo, hiss, roar and whistle.
The record running speed of a giraffe is 34.7 miles per hour (56 kilometers per hour).

Its range is in pockets of Africa, south of the Sahara Desert and its habitat is the savanna.
They have a spotted coat similar to a leopard, and for a long time people called the giraffe a
'camel-leopard', because they believed it was a combination of a camel and a leopard. That's where the giraffe's species name came from, "camelopardalis".

I found all these interesting facts, and more, here.

16 comments:

  1. I enjoy watching these giants. The verse was real nice.

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  2. I cannot imagine being pregnant for 14 months. That poor Mommy Giraffe!

    Seriously, they are a very beautiful and graceful animal. A very nice post.

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  3. Wow this critter is adorable!
    My friend there is so beautiful and I'm purring here for the lovely pictures and so interesting information!
    purrs
    Luna

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  4. pregnant for 14 months???? wow!

    beautiful shots of the giraffe at the Honolulu Zoo, Denise! Thanks!

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  5. They are extraordinary creatures, aren't they, but really so appealing. Lovely photos, Denise:-)

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  6. Giraffe's are such graceful creatures. Fourteen month is a long, long time to be pregnant!

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  7. Denise, I really "get it" that you are a huge fan of giraffes. Possibly as much as we are of penguins and frogs? Thanks for all the info.

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  8. The giraffe has always been my favorite zoo animal. How nice to learn more about it. ~karen

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  9. I love watching giraffes run. They do so in such a graceful manner.

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  10. Awww...aren't the so adorable? I think they are amazing creatures!

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  11. I have seen many documentary's on these beautiful creatures and never tire of seeing or hearing about them. Thank you for the information, I did not know some of it. Have a nice week.

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  12. They are beautiful aren't they Denise. So graceful and with such a superior air about them. I love to see them. Thanks for all the facts too. A x

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  13. These creatures also have a wicked wallop when they swing that head around in a giant wind-up arc and slap the neck of a neighbor. Beautiful photos.

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  14. I love them too but have 2 friends who collect them and put Christmas hats on them at christmas etc.. cool

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  15. No kidding? The Honolulu Zoo? Gosh! I haven't been there in ages! I shall have to take a trip out there again. Dinner plates? Wow! That's incredible.

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  16. I think giraffes are most amazing animals. It was interesting to see all these facts.

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