Zoo Zone

April 26, 2000

What's for dinner? With its long neck and tongue, the giraffe eats the highest leaves of trees found throughout Africa.

When a mama giraffe kisses her young...

it is with a long, long lick from an 18-inch tongue! The giraffe is the tallest animal in the world. When it drinks, the giraffe has to spread its front legs far apart to lower its neck to the water. The animal's sharp hearing, eye-sight and towering height help it keep watch for danger.

If attacked by a lion, the giraffe will use its hooves and powerful legs to defend itself and its young.

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