National Geogaphic Reader: Giraffes


We learn many important facts about giraffes. Giraffes are the tallest animals on land and live in groups called herds. They have spots/patterns on their bodies, but no two giraffes have the same pattern. Did you know giraffes eat for 16-20 hours a day (gulp!) and their long necks and tongues help them grab the leaves?

Giraffes' tall bodies can get in the way; that’s why they usually sleep standing up. Even baby giraffes have babysitters- one of the mother giraffes watches the calves (baby giraffes) while the others go look for food. If faced with a predator, like a lion, they can run quickly for a short period of time.

Valerie Schimel