Giraffa camelopardalis

Photo by Bernard DUPONT, used under CC BY 2.0 source

Northern Giraffe

Distinguished by its towering stature and a mosaic of geometric patterns on its hide, this gentle herbivore roams the savannas and open woodlands, reaching up to graze on treetop leaves that few other animals can access.

Giraffes use their necks in combat to establish dominance. This behavior is known as necking.

They can grow up to 5.7m (18.7ft) tall.

Taxonomic Rank Scientific Name Common Name
Kingdom Animalia Animals
Phylum Chordata Chordates
Class Mammalia Mammals
Order Artiodactyla Even-toed Ungulates
Family Giraffidae Giraffes and Okapis
Genus Giraffa Giraffes
Species Giraffa camelopardalis Northern Giraffe

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