Wednesday, 27 January 2010

largest giraffe

Having 5.8 m height giraffe is considered as the tallest living animal on the land. Its weight is approximately 2,000 kg.
The giraffe is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest of al land-living animal species, and the largest rumainant. It is covered in large, irregular patches of yellow to back fur eparated by white, off-white, or dark yellwisch brown backgound. The average mass for an adult graffe is 1,200 kilograms (2,600 lb) while the average mass for an adult female is 8300 kilograms (1,800 lb). It is approximately 4,3 meters (14 ft) to 5,2 meters (17 ft) tall, although the tallest male recorded stood almost 6 meters (20 ft).
The giraffe is related to deer and cattle, but is placed in a separate family, the Giraffidae, consisting of only the firaffe and its closest relative, the okapi. Its range extends from Chad in Central Africa to South Africa.
Giraffes usually inhabit savannas, grassland, or open woodlands. However, when food is scarce they will venture into areas whith denser vegetation. The prefer areas with plenty of acacia growth. They will drink large quantities of water when available, which enables them to live for extended periods in dry, arid areas.

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