The reticulated giraffe is blond to light brown in color with darker brown patches. Both males and females have horns, called ossicones, which are covered with skin. The giraffe’s long neck is a specialized adaptation that allows it to reach leaves in the treetops. It has a unique system of valves that keep blood from rushing to its head and making it pass out every time it lowers its head to eat or drink. Giraffes are non-territorial, social animals. They travel in large herds that may consist of any combination of ages and sexes.
- Conservation StatusLeast Concern
- Life spanup to 25 years
Body size1,700-4,200 lbs.
- Native habitat Grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa
- DietLeaves, shoots, flowers, vines