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Here are some little known facts about the Giraffes that are found at our Safari Park here in San Diego.
There is only one species of the Giraffe, though there are 9 different sub-species. One of the more rare of the subspecies is colored almost black. The Species name is quite interesting. They were called the Camel Leopard since they were first believed to be a cross of the leopard and the camel. The species name is camelopardalis. ( It is an easy one to remember and you will sound like a genius when you quote it to someone ).
The pattern of the Giraffe is believed to be for camouflage. In the wild, their varying skin patterns are reminiscent of the trees where they prefer to hang out. That would be their favorite meal as well, the leaves of the Acacia Tree.
The neck of the Giraffe is about 6 feet long at maturity and has the same number of neck vertebrate as the human. 7 vertebrate though they average about 10 " long.
The legs of a Giraffe, both front and back are very close to the same length. Most people's visual association is that the back legs are shorter. When a Giraffe bends down to drink water though, they are at their most vulnerable to attack from predators.
The average Giraffe heart weighs in around at 25 lbs. Now that is a lot of heart! And it is big too, at around 2 feet long.
Giraffes eat on average about 75 lbs of food a day. Because they are eating most of the time, the giraffe's 18" long tongue is very dark in color to protect it from being sunburned.
The Giraffe Tail, ( obscured in my photo below ), is the longest of any land animal. Both the male and female have 2 horns that are hair covered.
These beautiful animals are a favorite of humans because they are so mild mannered and often friendly. Just like other animals they like treats that are not necessarily a part of the normal diet. One of their favorite treats are raw onions.
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