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Giraffe

The giraffe (Giraffa) is a genus of African even-toed ungulate mammals, the tallest living terrestrial animals and the largest ruminants. The genus currently consists of one species, Giraffa camelopardalis, the type species. Seven other species are extinct, prehistoric species known from fossils. Taxonomic classifications of one to eight extant giraffe species have been described, based upon research into the mitochondrial and nuclear DNA, as well as morphological measurements of Giraffa, but the IUCN currently recognizes only one species with nine subspecies.

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Giraffes actually mate very weirdly. The male giraffe uses his head to tap the woman's underside. She then urinates in his mouth and he can taste whether or not she is ovulating. Then, they decide whether or not to copulate!

Contributed by Maile Lei Belongie

Feeding Giraffes

I had the opportunity to feed one of the giraffes at the Winston Wildlife Safari. They have definitely been classical conditioned into knowing when they will be fed by tourist. As soon as our truck pulled up, it walked right up to us. This one especially liked the bananas with the peels on.

Contributed by Shayna Rose Horowitz

Baby Giraffe

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Contributed by Kelly Biermann

Giraffe Fight

Giraffes actually use their large necks to smash their hooves into other giraffes. They do this in hopes to win a mate.

Contributed by Chelsea DeKeyser

If you love giraffes, this place is for you! This video shows the manor that has giraffes on the same property. Its in Kenya, but I know someday I wanna go visit this place.

Contributed by Sarah Young

Here is a wonderful plethora of amazing giraffe facts! Thank you BuzzFeed!

Contributed by Sarah Joy Blankenship

baby giraffe..

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Funny giraffe! resource: www.graphics99.com

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A giraffe must eat over 30 kilo of food a day.

Contributed by Candis Twyman

The baby meets his buddies for the first time.

Contributed by Jenna Christine Addy

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