What Are Some Facts About the West African Giraffe?

There are less than 200 West African giraffes in the world. West African giraffes can weigh up to 2,800 pounds and measure 16 to 19 feet in height.

Male West African giraffes weigh more than their female counterparts. Males have thick, bald horns that raise about five inches off their skull. Female horns are thin knobs that are covered in hair and do not protrude far off the skull.

While all West African giraffes are brown in color, ranging from light to dark brown, males get darker in color as they age. Some of the oldest males are nearly black in color. Giraffes do not have a coat, but rather are covered in short hairs which never shed and serve to keep them warm.

West African giraffes can run up to 35 miles per hour, but they cannot sustain that pace for long. They can sense predators that are miles away due to a great sense of vision, hearing and smell. These giraffes' hearts weigh about 25 pounds.

The giraffes are social animals that live in packs of about 15. They rub heads to be affectionate with one another and make loud grunting noises to warn each other of danger. While they are social, male giraffes can be very aggressive with one another to assert their role within the pack.