Giraffes Essay by The Research Group

Giraffes
Their behavior, habitat, herds, sexuality, birthing and social and mother-newborn relationships.
# 15681 | 1,350 words | 5 sources | 2000 | US
Published on Feb 19, 2003 in Biology (Zoology)


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"Giraffes, (biological name Giraffa camelopardalis), are the tallest animals on earth. Males grow up to 18 feet in height, females to about 14 feet. An adult giraffe weighs about 1,800 pounds. They live in the subsaharan grasslands of Africa. This paper will look at the mating customs and strategies, reproduction, and the parental and alloparental rearing of the offspring of giraffes.


Giraffes are individualistic in nature, and do not form cohesive herds or stable family units. Individuals wander from herd to herd, and herds take on a different makeup at different times. Changes occur daily in some herds as giraffes leave one group to join another. Herds may be made up of either females and their young of both sexes, young and mature males, a mixed group of males and females, or a family unit of a mature bull..."

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