Giraffes have a blue tongue to protect them from sunburn, because they graze on the tops of trees for up to 12 hours a day in the direct sunlight. Their tongue contains melanin, the same pigment responsible for tanning. earthnworld.com/why-giraf…
Newborn giraffes are typically over 6 feet tall, weigh 220lbs, and will stand within 30 minutes of birth. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Acacias, the trees whose leaves are eaten by giraffes, release an airborne chemical called ethylene. Ethylene alerts nearby acacia trees to produce tannin, a toxin that makes the leaves poisonous, and lethal if over-consumed. Giraffes try avoiding this by eating trees downwind from another. tanzania-experience.com/b…
Giraffes necks are actually too short. The Giraffe (and its rain forest relative, the Okapi) have necks that are so short relative to their legs and chest that they must splay or bend their legs. blog.londolozi.com/2011/1…
Baby giraffes use their butt as pillows tuftandneedle.com/resourc…
The pronghorn antelope of the western mountain states' closest living relative...is the giraffe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
When giraffes nibble on Acacia Trees it kicks off a defense mechanism which makes leaves unpalatable, and warns release a chemical warning system to warn nearby trees of approaching danger southerndestinations.com/…
Today I learned about how giraffes fight. They almost exclusively use their necks, and thus this practice is known as β€œnecking”. youtu.be/KQLPL1qRhn8
Giraffes, zebras and other exotic animals are actually running wild in some parts of Texas, taking a toll on the natural resources. popsci.com/story/animals/…
When a male giraffe is looking to impregnate a female, it brushes her read end with his nose to prompt urination. When she starts to pee, the male tastes the urine so he can the detect hormones that confirm whether she is ready to mate. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
A giraffes coat pattern and colour varies depending on what region in Africa they come from vividmaps.com/regional-ma…
African acacia trees produce a toxic chemical when their leaves are grazed upon, and also emit gases to signal nearby trees to do the same. Giraffes try to outsmart them by grazing downwind so the trees can't alarm each other asknature.org/strategy/le…
Today I learned of the day-care sex-abuse hysteria, a moral panic of the 1980s early 1990s with charges against day-care providers of child abuse and Satanic ritual abuse. Claims included being flown to other locations, being abused in secret tunnels, the ritual killing of a giraffe and an elephant en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day…
Giraffes have different patterns depending where they're from giraffeconservation.org/2…
Giraffes only require about 30 minutes of sleep per day... with an average lifespan of 25 years, they’re conscious for most of it. boredpanda.com/giraffes-s…
Hearst Castle, home of media tycoon William Randolph Hearst, had a private zoo featuring zebras, camels, ostriches, kangaroos, giraffes, lions, tigers, orangutans, an elephant, and more. Most of the animals were later donated or sold, but zebras can still be seen grazing along the highway hearstcastle.org/history-…
Hatzegopteryx was the largest flying animal ever. With a skull nearly 3 meters long and a 10 meter wingspan, it was as tall as a giraffe and the top predator feeding on small dinosaurs prehistoric-wildlife.com/…
Giraffe can run extremely fast - at a gallop they reach a speed of up to 60 km/h, which ranks them among the fastest animals in the savanna, right after the representatives of the cat family. needforscience.com/biolog…
According to molecular evidence the closest living relatives of whales are the artiodactyls, a group of hoofed mammals that includes deer, cows, sheep, pigs, giraffes, camels and hippos nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Morphogenesis, the math behind for example a giraffes spots or a zebras stripes. This theory coined by Turing found that these apparently random patterns have a mathematic order. bbcearth.com/blog/?articl…
Giraffes have long been known as one of the mammals in the world that are not able to swim. Scientists believed that the long neck of the giraffe and the long legs would not provide enough energy to support its neck while in water worldatlas.com/amp/articl…
An alternative name for the giraffe is "cameleopard", which comes from the Greek "kamΔ“lopΓ‘rdalis". jakubmarian.com/origin-of…
Giraffes were thought to be nearly completely silent because their long necks make vocal vibration difficult. However, researchers spent 8 years recording almost 1000 hours of audio at three zoos and discovered that giraffes produce a deep, spooky humming noise, almost like tantric chanting. thescienceexplorer.com/na…
When they were filming the 1967 Dr. Dolittle production was delayed because a giraffe stepped on its own dick telegraph.co.uk/films/0/d…
Giraffes in Africa have different patterns based on the region they originate from earthlymission.com/region…
The knobby bumps on a giraffes head are not bone antlers (as with deer) but are hard cartilage (like the hard part of a human ear), and add weight and firmness that allow the giraffe to use its neck and head as a ball and chain flail and deliver fatal blows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oss…
There was once a camel in North America with a neck like a giraffe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aep…
Giraffes have dark tongues to prevent them from suffering from sunburn. lionworldtravel.com/news/…
A giraffe heart spans 2 feet and weighs 25 pounds victoriaadvocate.com/361m…
Today I learned of the Quetzalcoatlus northropi, one of the biggest known flying animals of all time. It stood about as tall as a giraffe and had a wingspan as wide as the length of a gas tanker truck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Before mating, a male giraffe will apply pressure to a female giraffe's rear in order to make her pee. He then tastes the pee to determine if the giraffe is fertile. bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
In Arthurian legend, the Questing Beast was a creature with the head of a serpent, body of a leopard, haunches of a lion, and feet of a deer. It may have inspired by third-hand descriptions of giraffes from merchants arthurlegends.com/the-que…
America's Pronghorn "Antelope" is 2nd in Running Speed (55 mph) Only to the Cheetah; that it Likely Evolved this Speed to Outrun the Now-Extinct American Cheetah; and that, Despite Appearances, it is NOT an Antelope at All, but Rather Most Closely Related to Giraffes! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Today I learned of the Okapi, a cousin of the giraffe, with stripes like a zebra on its hind legs and scent glands on the bottom of its feet to track other neighboring okapi. rainforest-alliance.org/s…
With only three exceptions, all mammals, no matter their size, have seven neck vertebrae: bats, giraffes, whales, humans, etc. The only exceptions are the manatee and 2-toed sloth, with six vertebrae, and the 3-toed sloth, with nine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mam…
Giraffes sleep using their own butts as pillows boredpanda.com/giraffes-s…
Giraffes fight by swinging their necks at each other. youtube.com/watch?v=KQLPL…
Giraffes' closest relatives are Okapis, half-zebra, half-giraffe, and ossicones! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oka…
Giraffes only sleep 30 minutes a day thomsonsafaris.com/blog/s…
There was once a flying reptile the size of a giraffe. Its weight is estimated to range from 70 to 250 kgs. Its wingspan was over 10 m. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Teddy Roosevelt and his son killed 512+ animals on a safari, the menagerie included: 17 lions, 3 leopards, 7 cheetahs, 9 hyenas, 11 elephants, 20 rhino, 29 zebras, 27 gazelles, 9 giraffes, 4 flamingos, 8 hippopotami, 2 ostriches, 4 crocodiles, 4 pythons, 2 vultures, and a pelican. vox.com/2015/7/29/9067587…
"Giraffe" is a relatively new term. Before the 1600s they were known as "Camelopards". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gir…
Surrealist painter Salvador DalΓ­ and the Marx Brothers had planned on making a movie called "Giraffes on Horseback Salad" together, but it was never produced. A graphic novel was eventually made based on the screenplay. npr.org/2019/04/07/710032…
Giraffes are kosher to eat but camels are not en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kos…
The gerenuk or giraffe gazelle (Litocranius walleri) is a long-necked antelope found in arid areas of eastern Africa. Primarily a browser, gerenuks forage on leaves and fruits, sometimes even standing on their hind legs and elongating their necks to feed. Male gerenuks have lyre-shaped horns. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
In the wild, giraffes almost never lie down because of vulnerability to predators. They usually sleep standing, sometimes sitting, and they give birth standing up. When giraffes sleep, they curl their necks and sleep for about five minutes at a time, sleeping no more than 30 minutes a day. switchzoo.com/profiles/gi…
In the 1400s chinese explorer Zhang He shipped a Giraffe from Kenya to China smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The Tyrannosaurus Rex was only 4.6 - 6.1 metres tall, about the same size as a giraffe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyr…
NASA investigates giraffe blood system to improve suit for astronauts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gir…
The Copenhagen Zoo killed and dissected, 2 year old giraffe 'Marius' in public, and fed him to the lions, and then 1 month later, culled 4 lions because 'they were introducing a male lion and did not want to disrupt the pride's natural structure and behaviour'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cop…

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