Streeeeetch your knowledge about giraffe
In celebration of giraffe calf, Kidogo, turning one, let's brush up on some giraffe facts! Continue reading to learn more about this endangered animal and how you can help secure a future for them in the wild.
- Giraffe only need to drink water once every couple of days. They get most of their water from the plants they eat in their plant-based diet. Bending down to drink puts giraffe in a vulnerable position in the wild, so their bodies’ ability to store water from plants is a necessary survival adaptation.
- These animals were born to move; giraffe can run at speeds of 35 miles per hour over short distances. Baby giraffe can stand up and even run within an hour of being born.
- Being the large mammals that they are, giraffe have a very unique biological make-up. Their hearts are up to two feet long and can weigh up to 25 pounds. They have seven vertebrae in their neck, the same number as humans do.
- The current giraffe population is estimated to be less than 110,000 and the population has decreased by nearly 40% in the last 15 years.
- Giraffe are becoming increasingly more endangered in the wild. In 2016, they were declared “vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List, with some types considered “critically endangered.” A donation to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation will help efforts to keep these amazing creatures in the wild.
- The Zoo supports Dr. Julian Fennessy’s Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF), which coordinates research and conservation action plans across East Africa. They are currently protecting giraffe by working with regional governments to amplify conservation efforts in East Africa, protecting endangered Rothschild giraffe in Uganda through ongoing research and population monitoring and investigating an emerging giraffe skin disease that currently has no cause.
The Zoo Society partners with the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to contribute to their conservation efforts. Click here to make a donation and learn about their efforts!
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