Due to their large size and massive field of view, reticulated giraffes are rarely preyed upon by anything other than large prides of lions. While giraffes in general are not threatened, unfortunately the reticulated giraffe sub-species is, and is designated as vulnerable due to illegal poaching for its hair and skin. While efforts have been made to protect these wonderful animals, their population numbers have not yet begun to rebound.
- Recommended Age: 3
- Size in cm: 18 L x 3.5 W x 24 H
- Size in in: 7.09 L x 1.38 W x 9.45 H
NAME: Reticulated Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Artiodactyla FAMILY: Giraffidae HEIGHT: 20 ft (6m) to top of head HABITAT: Savanna and open forest of Eastern Africa around Somalia The tallest animal on earth, giraffes can reach heights of 20 feet (6m). These vegetarians browse on the top of acacia trees, grasping the leaves with their 18 inches (46 cm) tongues. Although the males fight by whacking each other with the bony knobs on the tops of their heads, their main defense from predators is by lashing out with their forelegs or taking flight. Because giraffes bear only one calf every 2-3 years, populations are slow to rebound and giraffes are becoming rare in some regions.