Masai Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), Samburu, Kenya

  • A giraffe is able to clean its ears with its own tongue.

  • Giraffes live for 10-15 years in the wild, but average 25 years at zoos.

  • The tallest mammal in the world is the giraffe.

  • The giraffe can drink 12 gallons in one setting.

  • A giraffe can go without water longer than a camel can.

  • In Atlanta, Georgia, it is illegal to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp.

  • Newborn giraffe calves begin their lives by falling 6 feet to the ground.

  • A giraffe has just 2 gaits, walking and galloping.

  • Thinking that its parents were a camel and a leopard, the Europeans once called the animal a “cameleopard”.