Baringo Giraffe

Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi

Common name

Giraffe

Habitat

They are found in all types of savannah environments, although they prefer areas rich in acacias, the males usually venture into dense groves in search of more foliage. Because they only drink occasionally, giraffes can be found far from water sources.
Features

Family

giraffidae

Medals

Artiodactyla

Class

Mammalia

Gestation

About 450 days.

Number of offspring

1

Preproduction

EEP

Diet

Leaves, branches and flowers mainly from different species of acacia.

Life

10-15 years old in the wild and 20-27 years old in captivity.

Biology and behavior

This African ruminant is the tallest known animal, reaching 6 meters in height. The long neck of giraffes and the front legs that are longer than the hind legs allow them to reach the highest leaves of the trees, avoiding food competition with other herbivores. The fact of having such a long neck is also beneficial to have an overview of the savannah, thus avoiding possible dangers.

Giraffes' fur is yellow with large irregular spots of light or dark brown. The spots on the neck and legs are smaller. This coloration helps them camouflage themselves in the savanna, simulating their environment and avoiding possible predators. They do not sleep more than 5 minutes at a time and are vulnerable to lions and hyenas when they lower their necks to drink water.

This species is in serious danger of extinction due to the desertification of its habitat and poaching. It is estimated that there are about 500 specimens left in the wild.

Some
curiosities

Giraffes sometimes provide a warning reference for other animals. By having an overview of the territory, they can run in groups in advance of any danger. This causes many animals to run at the same time as the giraffes before detecting predators.

The heart of a giraffe, which can weigh more than 10 kg, must generate about twice the normal blood pressure of a large mammal to maintain blood flow to the brain against gravity. Therefore, in the upper part of the neck, they have a complex pressure regulation system that prevents excess blood in the brain when the giraffe lowers its head to drink.

African savanna
Wetlands
africans
Habitats
Equatorial jungle
Madagascar Island