Giraffe Facts

By Carrie Williford | January 9, 2022

Giraffes are the world’s tallest land animal, and that’s just the beginning of their impressive qualities. Here are a stack of facts for all giraffe fans.

  1. Newborn giraffes can walk within an hour of birth.
  2. Giraffes and humans have something in common: we both have 32 teeth!
  3. Giraffes can gallop up to 40 miles an hour (64 km).
  4. A group of giraffes is called a “tower.”
  5. Giraffes can eat around 74 pounds (34 kg) of leaves in a day.
  6. Giraffes are the tallest land animals.
  7. Giraffes don’t need to drink very often (once every few days). They get most of their liquid from the leaves they eat.
  8. Baby giraffes are 6 feet (1.9 m) tall when they are born.
  9. One well-placed kick from a giraffe is enough to kill a lion.
  10. A giraffe’s neck can weigh about 600 pounds (272 kg).
  11. Just like fingerprints in humans, no two giraffe fur patterns are the same.
  12. Giraffes give birth standing up.
  13. The only close relative to the giraffe is the okapi.
  14. A giraffe’s tongue is 21 inches (53 cm) long.
  15. A giraffe’s lungs can hold up to 12 gallons of air.


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