You loved our 10 fun facts about bumblebees so much, we’re back this month with some more animal facts to keep the kids entertained as you learn together! And don’t forget to check out some of our exciting kids’ giraffe designs below, so they can show off their new outfit along with their newfound knowledge.
1. Thanks to their signature long necks, giraffes are the tallest living animals in the world! They can grow to the size of 3 adult humans standing on top of each other (around 4-5 metres tall)
2. Despite their necks being incredibly long, giraffes only have seven vertebrae in their necks, which is the same number of bones we have in our necks! Theirs are of course longer.
3. Why are giraffes so tall? It helps them see predators like lions, which gives them a bit of a head start if they need to run away.
4. Giraffes are herbivores, which means they only eat plants! They have extra-long tongues to help them reach the tops of trees and pull the leaves down.
5. While it’s really important that we humans drink lots of water to stay healthy and hydrated, giraffes only need a drink every few days. It can be a difficult task trying to bend down to drink from watering holes with such long legs and neck! They get lots of water from the leaves they eat to make up for it, though!
6. A group of giraffes is called a tower. They are very social creatures and will usually hang out in groups of around 15 giraffes.
7. We’re not sure who childbirth is more painful for – the mother giraffe or the baby! Giraffes give birth standing up, which means the calf gets a big drop to the floor when they come out! But, these are strong babies – they can stand up by themselves on 30 minutes after being delivered.
8. In the wild, giraffes can live up to 25 years, but in captivity they’re known to have lived for up to 40!
9. There are in fact, 4 different species of giraffe. The Northern Giraffe, Southern Giraffe, Reticulated Giraffe and Masai Giraffe.
10. Just like every human has a different fingerprint, giraffes have different spot prints on their bodies. These different patterns have helped researchers to identify giraffes in the wild when studying them.
Does your little one love giraffes? Discover their new favourite top!