WORLD GIRAFFE DAY
World Giraffe Day is an annual event initiated by Giraffe Conservation Federation to celebrate the longest-necked animal on the longest day of the year.
It’s estimated there are 111,000 giraffes in the world. In some areas, traditionally regarded as prime giraffe habitat, numbers have dropped by 95%.
- Giraffes are typically 14 to 20 feet tall.
- Giraffes weigh between 1,600 and 3,000 pounds
- A full-grown giraffe eats more than 100 lb of leaves and twigs a day.
- Giraffes feed from the tops of trees, using their tongues and lips to pull off leaves.
- Giraffe tongues are long, reaching around 20–21 in
- Giraffes sleep less than two hours a day. In general, they sleep with their feet tucked under them and their head resting on their hindquarters, but they can also sleep for short periods standing up
- Giraffe horns are not horns. They are ossicones.No one seems to know what they are for. The horns may help males intimidate one another during mating season, or they may be a sexually selected characteristic (that is, males with more impressive ossicones may be more attractive to females). It’s possible the ossicones may even help to dissipate heat in the blazing African sun.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Adopt a giraffe at Giraffe Conservation Federation. Follow on social media with #WorldGiraffeDay to join the conversation.
The first World Giraffe Day was organized by the Giraffe Conservation Federation in 2014.