. giraffes can run at speeds up to 35 mph . only need to drink water once every couple of days . girl giraffes often return to where they were born to give birth . baby giraffes can stand up and even run within a hour of being born . tongues can be up to 20 inches long and are darkly colored . usually stay upright while sleeping . have hair-covered horns called ossicones
. can inhabit savannas . grasslands or open woodlands . prefer areas enriched with acacia growth . live either in East Africa or in Angola and Zambia in southwestern Africa . Until the middle of the 20th century giraffes were also commonly found in West Africa . populations there have fallen sharply and become increasingly fragmented
. During dry season, giraffes eat evergreen leaves . once the rainy season begins, they switch to new leaves and stems that sprout on deciduous trees . twigs and branches are pulled into the mouth of the giraffe with their long and dexterous tongues . giraffes can eat up to 66 kilograms of food daily. . Males eat on leaves from the highest branches . the females arch their necks to eat closer to the ground . drink large quantities of water
. Tallest land animal . could look into a second story window without standing on tiptoes . a 6 foot long giraffe neck weighs about 600 pounds . legs also 6 feet long . back legs look shorter than front legs but about the same link . small hump on back . have a spotted pattern on their back . people called the giraffe a “camel-leopard"