Outline for Speech on Giraffes

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Dagg, Anne Innis. "Giraffe." The New Book of Knowledge. Grolier Online, 2012. Web. 24 Oct. 2012. Dagg, Anne Innis. "Giraffe." World Book Student. World Book, 2012. Web. 24 Oct. 2012. Foster, J. B. "Giraffe." Encyclopedia Americana. Grolier Online, 2012. Web. 24 Oct. 2012. "Giraffe." Amazing Animals of the World. Grolier Online, 2012. Web. 24 Oct. 2012. "Giraffes and Okapis." The New Book of Popular Science. Grolier Online, 2012. Web. 24 Oct. 2012. Sentman, Everett. "Giraffe." Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. Grolier Online, 2012. Web. 25 Oct. 2012.

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Dagg, Anne Innis. "Giraffe." The New Book of Knowledge. Grolier Online, 2012. Web. 24 Oct. 2012. Foster, J. B. "Giraffe." Encyclopedia Americana. Grolier Online, 2012. Web. 24 Oct. 2012. "Giraffe." Amazing Animals of the World. Grolier Online, 2012. Web. 24 Oct. 2012. Sentman, Everett. "Giraffe." Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. Grolier Online, 2012. Web. 25 Oct. 2012.

Specific Purpose: To inform students everything they ever needed to know about giraffes. Central Idea: Giraffes are one of the most interesting mammals out there and there are many reasons why including their anatomy and appearance, their behavior and lifestyle, and their distribution and habitat. Introduction

Attention Material: Ever since I was a little girl, I have gone to the buffalo zoo every summer. I have always been completely and utterly mesmerized by the huge animals to the right of the zoo entrance. Every time I go, still to this day, it takes a lot to persuade me to leave that exhibit. There is something so magical about these giant creatures. Something extremely intriguing. The way that they stand so tall, and present themselves so calmly. It’s almost calming just to be around this animal. Reveal the Topic: This animal I am talking about is the giraffe. Credibility: I have done extensive research on these animals over the past few weeks and I have always had a passion for them. Preview the Body: Today I will tell you how interesting the anatomy and appearance of the giraffe, their lifestyle, and their habitat can be. Body

Let’s start with the anatomy and appearance of the giraffe. The giraffe’s outside appearance is what makes this animal so recognizable. There is no other animal like it. a. Everyone recognizes the giraffe by its coat. Each giraffe has whiteish yellow skin with brownish or reddish markings that cover the entire body except for their lower legs. Each giraffe has unique markings that are unique to that individual and to their species of giraffe. Just like there are no two snowflakes that are the same, there are no two giraffes that are the same. These spots vary in size, shape, color, and amount of white that is around them.

b. Giraffes have the greatest range of vision of any land animal, this is partly due to how tall they are.

c. Their height is used to their advantage. Worlds tallest mammal! They grow to about 20 feet tall. That would be like taking four of me and stacking them on top of each other! The proportion of their body is 9 feet long for their neck and head, 5 feet for their torso, and 6 feet for their legs! They use their height and their 21 inch black tongue to reach the highest of branches.

The giraffes anatomy is very unique as well.

a. Would you believe me if I said that a giraffes neck has the same number of vertebrae that you do? Well we both have 7 vertebrae. The giraffe just has longer and larger vertebrae!

b. Giraffes also have incredible weight to carry around. Their heart weighs 25 lbs, and their neck weighs 550 lbs alone. Giraffes weigh on average anywhere from 1500 to 4250 lbs.

c. Female giraffes have a gestation period of 15 months. When they give birth, they have to do it standing up and the baby will fall 5 to 6 feet to the ground. It can stand within 30 minutes, and within a half of day it will run across the savannah with its mother. The second thing that makes giraffes...
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