The Giraffe (scientific name Giraffa) is a genus of even-toed ungulate mammals, the tallest terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. It is classified in the family Giraffidae, along with its closest living relative, the striped deer. The genus contains 11 species, including the type species Giraffa camelopardalis. Of these, seven are extinct prehistoric species known from fossils, and four are still alive.

Giraffes are herbivores that move on four legs. Their bodies are very toned, tall – ranking among the tallest animals in the world.

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An adult giraffe has a height of up to 4.8 – 5.5 meters, their weight fluctuates around 1,300kg for a male deer.

Female giraffes only weigh about 800-850kg. The heaviest giraffe in the world weighs 2,000kg and is 5.87 meters tall.

Giraffes have toned bodies, high necks – longer than their proportions. The head is much smaller than their body proportions.

The giraffe’s snout is long and pointed. Their jaws are strong, and their molars and incisors are well-developed and hard. The eyes are large and have eyelids that can open and close continuously.

The ears are medium sized and slightly raised. Spreading along their neck is a mane that closely resembles the mane of a horse.

The giraffe’s 4 legs are very strong and divided into large hooves. The tail is long and hairy at the end. The neck of the deer can be up to 2.4m long.

The whole body of the giraffes is covered with irregular colored spots.

The colors alternate between yellow and black and are divided by white, milky white or yellow-brown. On top of the skin is a thin layer of hair that covers the entire body.