Did you know that a giraffe can actually use it's long tongue to clean it's own ears? Yes, it's true they have about an18-inch tongue!
The giraffe's Latin name came from the fact that they have spots like a leopard and are shaped like the camel - thus the name Giraffa camelopardalis. The giraffe part means "fast walker."
How fast can a giraffe gallop?
Answer: 34 miles per hour or 55 kilometers per hour
Because of the unique body design of a giraffe, they are unable to swim.
Most types of giraffe are not endangered, but there are some that are, we'll cover that too. They did once live in the wild in North Africa but now the majority of giraffes live either in national parks, zoos or game reserves because man has used most of their habitat for farmland. In Africa today, many of the farmers don't mind giraffes too much because they do not compete with other animals such as cows for food (since the giraffe's food is way up high in the tops of trees). But if the giraffe kicks down the fence they are likely to be shot.
Photo credit by Tsering Dickey Ghale