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November 07, 2001|By THE BALTIMORE ZOO

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 giraffe's tail is used to keep away flies. The animal's sharp hearing, eyesight and towering height help it keep watch for danger.

What's for DINNER?

With its long neck and tongue, the giraffe eats the highest leaves on trees found throughout Africa.

Do you KNOW?

Do giraffe have horns?

Answer: Yes! Giraffes are born with horns that are covered with skin and hair. As the get older, the horns become bone and are used for protection.

Learn MORE!

Visit the giraffe herd at the Baltimore Zoo.

Read Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein


1. The markings of a giraffe's coat are unique to each individual animal. Born with a brown and white coat, the pattern will never change, but the color might fade or get darker.

2. Six feet tall at birth, a giraffe can grow to be 17 feet tall -- as high as a telephone pole!

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