Cape Giraffe - Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa
The Cape or South African Giraffe is a subspecies of Giraffe found in northern South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Like most giraffes they usually live in savannahs and woodlands where food plants are readily available.
Giraffes are herbivores, feeding on the leaves, flowers & fruits of woody plants such as the Acacia tree.
Giraffes have extremely long necks and legs, in fact they are the tallest living land animal growing as much as 6 metres tall. This massive height is a brilliant adaptation to life in the African bush, allowing them to reach food that is out of reach of other animals and to spot predators from a long distance.
If threatened Giraffes are capable of running at speeds of 60km an hour (nearly 40mph) or can defend themselves with a powerful kick capable of killing an adult Lion with a single blow.
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