Meet Our Animals > Reticulated Giraffe
Quick Facts
Native to Open grasslands of Sub-Saharan African
Primary Diet Leaves and buds
Adult Weight 1,750 to 2,800 pounds
Lifespan 25 years
Status Vulnerable

Reticulated Giraffe

Giraffes only need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period! They often achieve that in quick naps that may last only a minute or two at a time. Giraffes can rest while standing, but they sometimes also lie down with their head resting on their rump. That’s a vulnerable position for a giraffe, though, so usually one herd member stays on guard.


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