Month: July 2017

Giraffes

I recently watched a BBC Wildlife Documentary which has prompted me to do a post on giraffes. Did you know that giraffe populations have declined by over 40 % in the last few decades. This is worrying news for these iconic mammals.

Giraffe

Giraffe at Dublin zoo

Giraffes facts

  • Giraffes are the world’s tallest mammal
  • Recent research suggests that there are actually four distinct giraffe species
  • Giraffes have seven vertebrae in their necks, exactly the same number as humans
  • Giraffes tongues are 45-50cm long
  • Giraffes can run at 60 km/hr
  • They will use their long legs to kick if threaten by predators
  • Individual giraffes can be told apart by the patterns of their markings, which are all different

 

Giraffe

Giraffe, by B, age 6

 

 

Resources

For some fun crafts and guides for helping you draw giraffes check out this link

https://giraffeconservation.org/2016/03/15/giraffe-fun-for-kids/

 

Children’s Books

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae (click here Interactive reading version)

The story of long-legged Gerald the giraffe, who’s legs just don’t do¬† what he wants them to do when it comes to dancing, until that is, he finds his own special music. Heart warming story perfect for younger reader.

 

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