Hurray! Every June 21st we celebrate the World Giraffe Day. Different zoos around the world, just like the Niabi Zoo, celebrates the day by letting the visitors personally feed the animals themselves. This is actually the first time that this celebration is held. According to the website of Giraffe Conservation Foundation, “… as we celebrate these spectacularly patterned, highly threatened emblems of Africa on this auspicious day, we should take some comfort in knowing that there are capable people in emerging organizations like the GCF who are committed to the protection of the species. And let us dedicate our own efforts to the preservation and propagation of giraffes, and resolve to take whatever actions are necessary – collectively and individually – to preserve this most beautiful and implausible of animal species.”
In line with the celebration, today, we’ll bring more awareness about these long-necked creatures.
1) These animals sleep either lying down or STANDING!
Yes, they do. They sleep an average of 4.5 hours a night.
2) The means of feeding used by giraffes is called browsing.
Their tongue is surprisingly long reaching 50 centimeters.
3) Their average gestation period is 15 months.
Usually they have single calves, twins happen rarely.
4) Its scientific name is Giraffa camelopardalis.
It belongs to the class Mammalia, order Artiodactyla (even-toed ungulates), family Giraffidae and genus Giraffa.