11 Facts About Giraffes
- Giraffes are the tallest mammals on Earth.
- They can run as fast as 35 miles an hour over short distances, or cruise at 10 mph over longer distances.
- A giraffe's neck is too short to reach the ground.
- Giraffes only need to drink once every few days.
Also, what does a Masai giraffe eat?
They consume large quantities of leaves, twigs, sprouts, flowers, fruits and bark. Masai Giraffes mainly feed off whistling-thorn acacia trees, using their long lips and tongues to reach between the thorns to extract the leaves.
Furthermore, do giraffes have two hearts?
Three hearts, to be exact. There is a systemic (main) heart. Two lesser hearts pump blood to the gills where waste is discarded and oxygen is received. They work like the right side of the human heart.
Are Masai giraffes endangered?
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the global authority on the conservation status of wild animals and plants, announced Thursday that Masai giraffes, a subspecies spread throughout Kenya and Tanzania, are now endangered, primarily because of poaching and changes in land use.
How do giraffes die?
'How Giraffes Die', by Emily Meller
- In the flat, open, dry savanna plains of sub-Saharan Africa, roaming giraffes routinely get struck by lightning and die.
- When it enters the neck, around thirty thousand amps of energy surges through the body, singeing fur and causing the heart to beat itself to death.