Children can ask the most difficult questions, those that make you scratch your head and wonder why it is sometimes so difficult to find the right answer to the doubts of the little ones in the house. Are giraffes taller than houses? In case you are ever asked, we’ve done our own research and this is what we found:


  • The giraffe is the tallest living mammal and can grow over 5 meters tall, or what is the same, about three adult people stacked on top of each other. Is incredible!
  • A standard low house can be around 2 meters, or 2.5 meters inside, and up to 4 meters or more including the roof. So, in many cases… a giraffe is taller than a house!


Did you know…? Interesting facts about giraffes

  • The heart of the giraffe weighs more than ten kilos, that is, more or less what a 2-year-old child does.
  • These animals have long , black tongues , up to 5 meters long or more, that are used to grab vegetation they eat from trees.
  • They use their hard heads as weapons, swinging their long necks when fighting.
  • The spots on their legs and body camouflage them in nature. Your smudges are unique, just like your fingerprints.
  • Giraffes have excellent eyesight . Due to their tremendous height and sharp eyes, they can spot predators easily. These animals run in herds and run together for safety if necessary.
  • Most giraffes weigh about 800 kilos, although some can weigh up to 2 tons. That’s almost as heavy as a station wagon!
  • The horns are found on both male and female giraffes, and they can have up to five horns on their heads .
  • A giraffe can run up to 35 miles per hour when chased by a predator.
  • They sleep in intervals of just 1 or 12 minutes at the most. They don’t like to miss a thing!
  • Every day they spend 16 to 20 hours eating leaves from trees and shrubs, which could also explain their lack of sleep, don’t you think?
  • A giraffe can live for 20 to 25 years in the wild, but most only survive for about 5 years, as their environment is quite harsh.


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Other Fun Facts About Giraffes You Will Love

  • The giraffe is an endangered species that lives in the grasslands of Africa.
  • There is a bird in the starling family that likes to help the giraffe by eating insects that are on its back.
  • Giraffes get most of the moisture they need from the plants from the leaves they eat. Their body allows them to live for up to a month without water, but when they finally get a drink, they can gulp down up to 45 liters of water in one gulp! Due to their long necks and legs, they must bend down on their knees to get low enough to reach the water.


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