June 29, 2008

Giraffe


The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest of all land-living animal species, and the largest ruminant. Males can be 4.8 to 5.5 metres (16 to 18 feet) tall and weigh up to 1,700 kilograms (3,800 pounds). The record-sized bull, shot in Kenya in 1934, was 5.87 m (19.2 ft) tall and weighed approximately 2,000 kg (4,400 lb). Females are generally slightly shorter, and weigh less than the males do. Giraffes can inhabit savannas, grasslands, or open woodlands. They prefer areas enriched with acacia growth. They drink large quantities of water and, as a result, they can spend long periods of time in dry, arid areas. When searching for more food they will venture into areas with denser foliage.
Wiki Link: Giraffe

5 comments:

Cats said...

Giraffes are awesome ~ and so are bull sharks ~ thanks for this informative blog ~ keep up the good work..

jifdc said...

Thank you so much for visiting our blog! I am personally a big fan of sharks of all types.

Cats said...

Thanks for dropping my blog too ~ btw I think I heard somewhere..probably on National Geographioc..that bull sharks are amongst the most aggressive animals owing to their high serum testosterone levels..is that true?

jifdc said...

Your right, the bull sharks are one of the most aggressive sharks...I'm not familiar about the high serum testosterone you speak of but very interesting nonetheless. I checked the wiki page for the bull shark's aggressive behavior and scientist agree that it is because the often dwell in shallow waters and can tolerate fresh water which grants them access to rivers thus increasing the chances of exposure to humans and probable shark attacks proclaiming them to be one of the most aggressive sharks known to mankind. They are truly extraordinary.

Giraffe said...

i am a huge fan of giraffes they are such lovely creatures.

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