1. Giraffes are the tallest animals in the world. Males can grow up to 18 feet (5.5 meters) tall.
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  2. A group of giraffes is called a tower.
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  3. No one has ever seen a giraffe swimming.
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  4. Giraffes only need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period.
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  5. Giraffes make no sound. Not because they can't, but they choose not to.
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  6. A giraffe's neck can measure
    up to 6 feet (1.8 m) long
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  7. Giraffes only need to drink once every few days. Most of their water comes from all the plants they eat.
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  8. A Giraffe's legs alone are taller than most humans: about 6 feet (1.81 m).
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  9. A giraffe's spots are like human fingerprints: no two individual giraffes have exactly the same pattern.
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  10. Africa is home to the world's largest living land animal, the African elephant, and the tallest, the Giraffe.
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  11. The giraffe's feet are the size of a dinner plate, 12 inches (30.5cm) across.
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  12. A giraffe's neck is too short to reach the ground, so it has to awkwardly spread its front legs or kneel to reach the ground and drink water.
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  13. One of the only vertebrate species that can't yawn is the giraffe.
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  14. Giraffes can go longer without drinking water than camels can.
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  15. Giraffe gestation lasts
    400 to 460 days.
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  16. 50% of giraffe calves do not survive their first 6 months due to predation from hyenas, leopards and wild dogs.
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  17. Giraffe are already extinct in at least seven countries in Africa.
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  18. Before Mating, the Female Giraffe Will First Urinate in the Male's Mouth.
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  19. In Mozambique, overhead power lines have to be at least 12 m (39 ft) high to permit safe passage of giraffes.
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  20. Giraffes are kosher for eating, according to Judaism.
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  21. Up until 2008, the Santa Barbara Zoo had a giraffe named Gemina that had a permanent 90-degree bend in her neck caused by fused vertebrae.
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  22. Male giraffes determine if a female is fertile by tasting their urine.
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  23. The Humr people of Sudan consume Umm Nyolokh, a drink made from the liver and bone marrow of giraffes believed to contain traces of DMT and other psychoactive components.
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  24. Giraffes' tongues grow up to 21 inches (53 cm) in length.
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  25. The intestines of an adult giraffe measure more than 70 m (230 ft) in length.
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  26. The maximum weight of a male giraffe was 1,930 kg (4,250 lb) and 1,180 kg (2,600 lb) for female.
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  27. The Giraffe's 9 subspecies are distinguished by their coat patterns.
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  28. Giraffes flick insects away with their tongues.
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  29. "Giraffe" is a relatively new term. Before the 1600s they were known as "Camelopards".
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