|The tallest animal in the world|
Don't you just love giraffes, I do. They are such gentle animals, not a harmful bone in their bodies. They really are amazing in design, 6 meters tall and weighing in at 1600 kilograms for the male and about half that for the female.
Their tongues are about 500mm long, that's half a meter. and a giraffe heart weighs in at an astounding 11+ kilograms, with special valves in the neck that prevent blood rushing to the head when it bends down to drink.
|amazing design. (Source)|
Giraffes aren't classified as endangered, yet, but there are certain sub species that are already classified as endangered with less than 250 animals left in the wild. The West African giraffe being one of them. Private game reserves in Southern Africa have contributed to the conservation of the giraffe population but the wild population is very much under threat in other parts of Africa.
|The endangered West African Giraffe.|