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Scientific name:  Giraffa camelopardalis rothschil
Class:  Mammals
Continent:  Africa
Habitat:  Savannah
Diet:  Herbivorous
Weight:  1.400 Kg
Size:  6 m
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Meet the Giraffe!

The Giraffe is tall from the moment it is born, standing up to 170 centimeters at birth. In its first year of life alone, it grows more than one meter in height. As an adult it can reach up to six meters. Its very long neck and slow walk give him a fascinating appearance. It is characterized by having magnificent eyesight, which allows it to monitor the surroundings of the savannah where it lives. Precisely because of its height, the Giraffe has a large heart, capable of pumping blood to the brain. The African grassland of the Zoo serves as habitat for our Rothschild giraffes, which come from Kenya and Uganda.

What are its habits?

Silent and not very territorial, giraffes tend to spend their life moving from place to place. Sometimes one is forced to fight with other giraffes, using its head to defend itself (when confronting predators, it uses its legs as weapons). It rarely lies down: only when it feels there is no danger. It forms small herds and mates at any time of the year. Gestation lasts from 14 to 16 months. Giraffes mainly graze on tree branches, although they can also eat shrubs, grasses and fruits.

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


In 2012, the first giraffe birth in 36 years occurred in the park. In 2014, a double birth took place, only five days apart that of the Kenyan and Masai brothers.

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