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.