Adult giraffes are typically between 14 and 19 feet tall. Calves, or young giraffes, are an average of 6 feet tall when they're born. Giraffes are the tallest land animals in the world.
A giraffe's legs and neck extend about 6 feet in height, giving them a distinct advantage over other animals on the African savannas. Using their 18- to 20-inch tongues, giraffes can reach the tops of some of the highest trees, which other animals can't do. Their size also serves as a survival mechanism, helping them fend off potential predators through forceful kicks and running speeds of nearly 35 mph.