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					  Giraffes



By Maddy Harris
Relatives
The closest and only
 relative of a giraffe,
 is an okapi. An
 okapi, has black and
 white striped legs,
 and a brownish back
 that looks like a
 horse. It’s tongue is
 so long, it can clean
 it’s own nose, ears,
 and eyes.
Horns

 Their horns are
  covered with fur
  and skin. They
  are not true
  horns, because
  they don’t have
  a hard cover
  over them.
Appetite and Range




Appetite: giraffes eat leaves, twigs, and fruit.
Range: Giraffes live in Africa. (They live on the yellow
  parts of the map.)
Size and life
Males are 18 feet tall,
 and are taller than
 African elephants.
 Females, are 14 feet
 tall. Their legs are 6
 feet tall, and their neck
 is 7.Their backs can
 get up to 5 feet. They
 weigh 2,600 pounds.
 They can live up to 28
 years in the wild.
Enemies
Lions can kill adult giraffes. They
 either ambush them or attack while
 they are sleeping. The giraffes
 defend themselves by kicking their
 enemy with their legs. Young
 giraffes may be killed by lions,
 leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, and
 crocodiles.
Moving




When they move, they move both legs on one
 side, then both on the other. When they gallop,
 they do the two in the front, then the two in the
 back. They can gallop up to 35 M.P.H.
Color
A giraffe has patch-like
 markings of tawny or
 chestnut brown.
 Their color helps
 them camouflage.
Babies
A female giraffe may
 give birth at only 5
 yrs. of age. A calf is
 6 feet, and 150 lbs.
 when born. They
 can stand up within
 an hour. It is rare to
 have twins.

				
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