In the wild most giraffes live in central, eastern and southern Africa, south of the Sahara desert. Their range runs from Chad in the north to South Africa in the south. A small group also lives in western Africa in Niger.Continue Reading
Giraffes prefer a habit where acacia and mimosa trees are plentiful. The leaves on the acacia tree are their favorite food. Their homelands include grasslands, savannas and open wooded areas. When acacia is not available, they graze on other tree leaves and shoots as well as grass and bushes that grow along the ground.
In the past large groups of giraffes also roamed western Africa. The population dropped sharply during the 20th century as the human population expanded in the area. As of 2014, only a small group remains in southwest Niger.Learn more about Giraffes
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 >
BioExpedition explains that giraffes reproduce through mating. Male giraffes are typically ready to mate when they are 6 years old, although more mature bulls often mate first before the younger ones. Female giraffes are ready to mate when they are around 4 years old.Full Answer >
Giraffes only sleep about 30 minutes during a 24-hour period. They tend to sleep in small, 5-minute increments to maintain their safety.Full Answer >
Giraffes eat buds and leaves from vegetation. They forage from trees, bushes and shrubs, and occasionally dine on grass. The exact makeup of their diet varies with their immediate surroundings and the season; however, all giraffes are herbivores, relying entirely on plants for food.Full Answer >