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How Much Do You Know About Giraffes?

How Much Do You Know About Giraffes?

Giraffes! An icon of the savannah, with their unmistakable silhouette and distinctive features, from their lengthy necks to their colourful tongues. Adult male giraffes can grow up to 5.5m in height, that is about three fully grown humans! The reason they are so tall is so they can spot predators a long way away. As for their tongues, these can grow up to 53cm long and dark blue- this is to prevent sunburn in the harsh climates they live in. Speaking of, giraffes live on the savannah in many countries in Africa including Kenya, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Uganda, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Angola, and South Africa.


With their huge tongues, giraffes eat up to 45kg of food a day, mostly leaves as they are herbivores. Because they eat so many leaves, they don’t need much additional hydration, they only drink water once every few days. When they do drink water they have to spread their legs or kneel down to reach the water on the ground- this makes them extremely vulnerable to predators, explaining why it is evolutionarily beneficial for them to get most of their water from leaves. 


There are different species of giraffe, each with a distinct patch pattern such as the Masai giraffe that has brown lines in between its patches. Even within species no two patch patterns are the same, making every giraffe unique. Their gorgeous pattern and distinctive features make for gorgeous artwork such as this print.  


Quickfire Facts:

  • A group of giraffes is called a tower 
  • They live 25 years in the wild and up to 40 in captivity 
  • They can reach speeds of 60km over short distances

However these lovely animals are declining in numbers, the overall population having dropped by 30% in the last thirty years. This happened gradually due to loss of habitat, civil unrest and poaching but has been picked up on by conservationists. The Masai giraffe in particular is under threat, with nearly 50% of its population lost in the last 30 years. It was declared endangered in 2019. 


If you want to incorporate this lovely giraffe artwork into your home you can shop it here on Suusco, starting with this mug and this tea towel

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