|For giraffes, it is important to be tall so they can reach the leaves that are high up in the trees. Since they eat the leaves that are up so high, they don't have to worry about other animals eating their food. There is an advantage to being the tallest animal in the world! This brings us to our next question...|
|Look at this giraffe eating! What do you think he is munching on?|
|Giraffes eat the leaves from the Acacia tree. Below you can see a picture of some of these trees. Look how tall they are! No wonder the giraffe needs a long neck!|
Photo by John Oswalt
|The English word "Giraffe" comes from the Italian word "Giraffa." |
The Italian word probably comes from the Arabic word "Zarafa."
No one is sure where this Arabic word came from. Most people think it originally came from an African language.
The ancient Romans called this animal "Camelopardalis" which meant "A camel marked like a leopard"
|A lot of people think that giraffes don't make any sounds, but this isn't true. Usually they're silent, but at times, they do make some noise!
|Giraffes have two ways of getting around: walking and galloping|