The weight of a giraffe ranges between 1,500 and 4,500 pounds. The giraffe?s weight depends on the type of giraffe. Reticulated giraffes can weigh from 2,500 to 4,500 pounds, while Rothschild giraffes weigh 1,500 to 2,500 pounds. .
Giraffes are known for their long necks, which average 6 feet in length and account for one-third of the giraffe?s total body weight. Male giraffes use their necks to establish dominance in a behavior called ?necking.? They slam their necks together in combat, attempting to land blows that knock the other giraffe off balance. Females prefer to use their feet in defense.