Giraffe

Giraffe at NANDANKANAN Zoological Park, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha

This photo was taken at NANDANKANAN Zoological Park, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.

  • Tallest land animal with long neck naturally found in the African plains.
  • Has only seven neck bones like other mammals including human beings.
  • Both sexes have horns and individuals can be recognized by unique body markings.
  • Average height of adult – 16 to 18 ft, weight – 850 Kgs to 1600 Kgs.
  • Maturity after 4 years, Gestation period – 400 to 460 days.
  • Has a prehensile toungue which is about 50 Cm. (20 inches) long.
  • Can run upto 50 Kms per hour.
  • Even toed ungulate completely herbivorous.

(source: display board)