A profile of a giraffe


Giraffes are the world's tallest animal. Their first experience of life is a two metre drop to the ground, because female giraffes give birth standing up. For the first few weeks, the calf remains hidden in the shade and the mother returns to it from her foraging trips. Later on, the calf is taken to join a creche. Calves grow fast and are weaned at 18 months, although they start eating solids well before then.

Did you know?
At nearly six metres the giraffe is the world's tallest animal.

Scientific name: Giraffa camelopardalis

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Giraffe taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Giraffe can be found in a number of locations including: Africa. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Giraffe distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

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