As one of the most iconic safari creatures, the giraffe needs little introduction. It’s also the tallest mammal in the world and known for its trademark spots that make its presence a truly impressive one. Although many are familiar with its appearance, there are a few incredible facts about the giraffe that really do offer another glimpse at its wonder. We spoke to our team and here’s what they shared with us…

  1. A group of giraffes standing still are called a kaleidoscope and a group walking together are called a journey.
  2. A group of female giraffes together are called a breeding herd, whilst a group of young calves together away from their moms are called a creche or nursery herd.
  3. A newborn giraffe calf can stand up and walk after about an hour and within a week, it starts to sample vegetation.
  4. Giraffes spend most of their lives standing up, even sleeping and giving birth whilst standing too.
  5. Giraffes aren’t territorial and don’t have a territory. Their movements are determined by plants and what they consume. Every 2-3days they move to a different area. 
  6. Giraffes only need to drink once every few days, with most of their water coming from the vegetation they eat.
  7. The spots on a giraffe are like human fingerprints. No two individual giraffes have the same pattern and as a result, all are unique.
  8. Both male and female giraffes have two hair-covered horns called ossicones. The males often use theirs to fight with other males.
  9. When it comes to sleep, giraffe need only 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period. This is achieved through several quick naps that last a minute or two at a time.
  10. Contrary to popular belief, a giraffe does make its own sounds. These include bellows, snorts, hissing, flue-like calls and even a few lower pitched noises that human hearing can’t pick up.

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