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About That Neck ... Fun Giraffe Facts

Giraffe are the tallest living land mammal, with males standing an average of 16 to 18 feet tall. Even newborn giraffe are taller than most humans. The species’ distinguishing feature is its long neck.


Their long neck allows giraffe to reach vegetation higher than most species, which is a vital skill in the arid African habitat. Giraffe eat mainly leaves and buds and use their long tongue and the tough roof of their mouth to help break down the tough leaves.


Their height allows them a good view of approaching predators in the savanna.


Despite the incredible length, giraffe necks have the same number of bones, or vertebrae, as humans and other mammals.


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