The creature is known to gulp down large quantities of water when there is an abundant supply. This helps the animal to go without water for extended periods when water is scarce.
Trees of the genera Acacia, Commiphora and Terminalia are the primary food sources of these creatures, providing them with leaves, shoots, twigs, and barks. Apart from these, giraffes also eat grass and fruits. When seasons are wet, food sources are abundant, and this causes them to disperse widely.
Another fact about the eating habits of male and female giraffes is that the former feed from the higher branches of the tree, while the latter forage among the lower ones. This social behavior ensures that there is no competition for food between the sexes.
Giraffe Fun Facts
- The number of vertebrae in these animals are equal in number to most mammals. However, each of the giraffes' vertebra are extremely elongated.
- The horns of a juvenile lie flat against the skull. Within the first week of life, the horns pop out conspicuously.
- These animals are quiet and non-vocal by nature. However, at times, there are a variety of sounds which can be heard from them. These include loud coughing, whistling or bellowing, bleat, moo, mew, grunt, snort, and hiss. Wow, when they don't make any noise they just don't. But, when they do, it might be quite amazing to hear!
As a final note, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) regards giraffes under the 'Least Concern' category with respect to their conservation status. But, there is a sub species known as the West African or Nigerian Giraffe, which has been listed as endangered.