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The Reticulated Giraffe is a threatened species. Found in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya, this giraffe's population was estimated at some 27,000 individuals until the 1990s. Poaching and armed conflicts have reduced this group to 3,000 individuals.
Some interesting facts about reticulated giraffes:
• Although their neck alone is taller than most humans (up to 8 feet long and up to 500 pounds), it is comprised of only seven bones, just like a human's.
• The horns on the top of a giraffe's head are for sparring and for pushing branches out of its way so it can get to the leaves.
• The spots on a giraffe are unique--just like human fingerprints.
• A giraffe's tongue can be 22 inches long (for reaching those elusive leaves), and it's also
• Giraffes can go weeks without water, getting moisture from leaves. When it finds
a watering hole, the giraffe can drink 12 gallons at one time.
• Giraffes live 20 to 25 years.
• Newborn calves are 6 feet tall.
• Because of their height and excellent eyesight, which allow them to see far distances on the
savannah, giraffe herds can be quite spread out---up to a mile.
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