The African continent is known for its rich natural resources and virgin forests. The continent has been blessed with variety of flora and fauna, which attracts people from world over. The giraffe is one of those species which are only indigenous to the Africa. It is one animal that has demand from zoos across the globe.
Often termed as tallest animal on the planet, this camel like animal is point of fascination due to its long neck. We can see the Darwin’s theory of evolution in action when this creature uses his neck to eat leaves of tall trees in the African grasslands. As per the coat patterns family Giraffidae has been divided into nine subspecies. Along with long neck and legs, the giraffe also possess horn like ossicones and coat patterns. The Okapi is the closest species of the giraffe. A fully grown adult giraffe can be as tall as 6 meters.
The giraffe population is not uniform across the Africa. They can be found from Chad, a northern African country to South Africa and from Somalia to Niger. Grasslands, savannas and open woodlands are favorite giraffe habitats. Easiest way to spot the giraffe in Africa is waiting nearby Acacia trees, which leave are their staple diet. These tall trees are only accessible to giraffe due to long neck.
Lions, leopards and wild dogs often hunt down giraffes and the species don’t have groups. Though giraffe have large populations, some sub species are believed to be endangered. The strange shape of giraffe has influenced cultures and painters.