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Giraffes

By | March 2007
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The word "giraffe" comes from the Arabic word, "zirafah," meaning "the tallest of all." The giraffe is the tallest land animal in the world, standing up to nine feet tall and weighing up to 2,800 pounds! This huge mammal is best known for its long neck, spotted pattern, and long legs. The giraffe's scientific classification begins with the kingdom of animalia. From there is the phylum of chordate, and after that is the class of mammalian. Next, is the order of artiodactyla, then the family of giraffidea. Fallowing the family is the genus of giraffe. Last but not least, is the species of g. camelopardalis. The giraffe relies on a lot of different sensory modalities in different situations, from eating to communicating with others of his or her kind. Sight would have to be the giraffe's most important sensory modality. The sensory modality of sight is used 24/7. Giraffes can be up to a half of a mile apart from each other and still be able to maintain eye contact. Watching out for predators, eating, watching ones offspring, drinking, these are just a few examples of a time a giraffe would need the ability to see. Giraffes are social, non-territorial, living in easygoing, open herds. A herd of giraffes can be made up of all males, all females, females and their young, or of both sexes and all ages. There is no specific leader of any herd. Female giraffes are more social then male giraffes and are almost never out of sight from another female. Males stay in female herds until they outgrow their resemblance to females at about three years old. A giraffe is also known to be on its own or to be with only their offspring. Actually, giraffes very rarely are bunched up together unless they happen to be interested in the same food source or are nervous of a near predator. Even when giraffes are at rest they are usually about twenty yards apart from one another.

Giraffes can be found in central, eastern, and southern Africa. They live in the dry and arid savanna, also...
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