The Ultimate Giraffe Quiz

By: Staff

How many species of giraffe are there?

There is just one, but there are eight different groups.

Where do giraffes live?

They live only in Africa, south of the Sahara.

What kind of terrain do giraffes prefer?

They live in open grassy plains with scattered trees and shrubs.

Why do they prefer this kind of terrain?

Giraffes need the wide open spaces to be able to outrun their predator, the lion.

To what height do male giraffes grow?

They grow to about 18 feet (5.5 m).

How tall are female giraffes?

The female grows to about 15 feet (4.6 m).

What does an adult male giraffe weigh?

The adult male weighs around 2,600 pounds (1,182 kg).

How long is the giraffe's neck?

The neck is up to seven feet (2.1 m) long.

How many vertebrae in the giraffe's neck?

The neck consists of seven elongated vertebrae.

Which of the giraffes has horns?

Both sexes have short horns.

With such a long neck and long legs, how does the giraffe drink water?

The giraffe spreads its forelegs to reach the water.

Just how long is the giraffe's tongue?

The tongue is about 21 inches (53 cm) long.

What differentiates giraffes from other mammals?

Their body temperature is not constant but rises during the heat of the day.

How long after mating does the female give birth?

They give birth about 450 days after mating.

How many different groups of patterns do giraffes' coats have?

Actually the patterns are all unique, similar to a fingerprint.

At what speed can giraffes run?

They can reach 29 miles per hour (47 km/h) and escape most predators.

What are the social habits of giraffes?

They live in herds of 12 to 15 led by an adult male.

What is the life expectancy of a giraffe?

A giraffe's lifespan is about 15 to 20 years.

Until what age does a calf drink its mother's milk?

It feeds on its mother's milk for nine or 10 months

What does a calf weigh at birth?

The calf weighs about 150 pounds (68 kilograms).

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About This Quiz

The giraffe is the tallest living animal and inhabits areas south of the Sahara. Take this quiz to learn more about these graceful, gentle creatures.

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