Giraffe Lesson for Kids: Facts & Habitat

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  • 0:04 What Are Giraffes Like?
  • 0:27 Unique Giraffe Adaptations
  • 1:39 Where Do Giraffes Live?
  • 1:50 What Do Giraffes Eat?
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Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Giraffes are a kind of animal with some special features. This lesson teaches you about giraffes: where they live, what they eat, and some other cool facts about this interesting animal.

What are Giraffes Like?

Imagine climbing a tall tree on a summer day. From the top, you can see a long way in all directions. Not only do you have a great view, you might even reach those top branches where your ball got stuck. This is what it's like to be a giraffe!

Giraffes are the tallest living, four-footed animals. They have spots and very long legs and necks. They are typically 14 to 19 feet tall!

Unique Giraffe Adaptations

A giraffe's legs are about 6 feet long by themselves. Although they look weak and skinny, they easily support the giraffe, which can weigh up to 2,800 pounds! That is more than two large grand pianos! Those 6-foot-long legs help the giraffe run fast for short distances, at about 35 miles per hour.

They have hooves on their feet that are split into two sections and can be almost 12 inches around!

A giraffe's flexible neck is also about 6 feet long and weighs around 600 pounds. As long as their necks are, they actually have the same number of neck bones that you have.

Though all giraffes have spots, no two giraffes have the exact same spot pattern, just like no one else has your fingerprints. Their spots help them blend in, making it harder for enemies to see them.

All giraffes have two hard, hair-covered horns on their head called ossicones. Though they like other giraffes, sometimes they fight with each other, and their ossicones help protect their heads, like built-in helmets.

With their long necks and great eyesight, giraffes can see a long way. This helps them watch out for animals, like lions, who want to eat them. They also have those strong legs to protect them. If it's too late to run, a giraffe can kick a lion, hurting or killing it!

Where do Giraffes Live?

Giraffes live in the grasslands of Africa - the only continent on which giraffes are found (other than in zoos). They like to be around other giraffes, and live in groups called herds.

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