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Latin name

 

Giraffa camelopardalis

Family

 

Large mammals

Size

 

To the top of head : 4-5 m (m) 2 m (f)

Weight

 

970 - 1400 kg (m) 700 - 950 kg (f)

Colour

 

Well-defined, irregularly shaped patches varying from fawn to dark brown, patterned on apaler ground that shades to white on the lower legs Colouring darkens with age; varies widely geographically.

Appearance

 

Unlike any other animal.

Habitat

 

From sparsely wooded scrubland to thickly overgrown bush country, especially where tere are acacia and other thorn trees to provide the giraffe's staple diet of leaves-and to provide camouflage.