Species of the Week: The Giraffe!

The world’s tallest land-dwelling animal.  Everything about a giraffe is loooong!  Long legs, long neck, and even a long tongue.  Giraffes can run up to 60km/hour.  Each giraffe has a unique spotted pattern that blends them into their surroundings.  Other than humans, they are hunted by lions and crocodiles, and less often by hyenas and leopards.  Did you know, when a giraffe is attacked, it uses its strong powerful hooves to kick its predator?  This lethal kick is strong enough to kill a lion!

Giraffe (giraffa camelopardalis), Nambia. © Wim van Passel / WWF-Canon
Giraffe (giraffa camelopardalis), Nambia. © Wim van Passel / WWF-Canon

Why is the giraffe at risk?   Future populations growth and associated activities are seen as a growing potential threat to their habitats.  Giraffes were previously killed just for their tails, which were used as fly swats, good lucks charms, and thread for sewing.  Poaching for their meat and hides continues to be a risk factor.
WWF is working to safeguard the giraffe and its habitat by protecting the 3.6 million sq. km Miombo ecoregion that covers much of Central and Southern Africa.  This region is home to a diverse range of wildlife, and while much of the region currently remains sparsely settled, future population growth and associated activities are seen as a potential threat.
giraffe plush
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