The giraffe is adapted to its habitat by being able to reach high food with its long neck and tall body. This gives it an advantage during times of food scarcity and drought when the only sustenance is up high on trees.Continue Reading
Another adaptation of the giraffe is its eyesight. Keen eyesight along with the giraffe's long neck and height give it an advantage when it comes to keeping ahead of predators. It can see for long distances and spot lions slinking through the grasslands.
However, the giraffe's long neck does make it difficult to drink from ponds and puddles. In order for it to drink, it must splay its legs far enough apart for its head to reach the ground. The giraffe has adapted for this difficulty by drinking from dew and getting much of its water from the food it eats. It can also go for long periods of time without water. Furthermore, when it does bend down to drink, the neck has a special collection of valves that keeps the blood rush from knocking the giraffe unconscious.
Despite the giraffe's ungainly appearance, its long legs help it to flee from predators. It can reach speeds up to 35 miles per hour.Learn more about Giraffes
Giraffes have several ways of protecting themselves, including moving in large groups that make it hard to pick out just one giraffe from the rest of the group. They also defend themselves by their fierce karate-style kicks. The giraffe's gait, or way of moving, which is called pacing, is also protective and allows them to escape from predators by both moving their back and front legs moving forward together at one time.Full Answer >
The giraffe is the tallest animal in the world, and giraffe babies are taller than most humans. Baby giraffes stand within 30 minutes of birth and are capable of running alongside other giraffes after 10 hours of life. No two giraffes have identical sets of spots.Full Answer >
The general giraffe population throughout Africa is starting to decline, with the West African giraffe having the lowest population at less than 300. With less than 80,000 giraffes in Africa, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation is working hard to create conservation methods to protect the current population and help it grow.Full Answer >
A giraffe's height is an evolutionary adaptation that allows it to feed from tall trees and other sources of vegetation. The long tongue of the giraffe, which can grow to 21 inches in length, is a similar adaptation designed for reaching difficult spots.Full Answer >