Conservation status


Life span

20 -25 years


Up to 18 feet (5.5m)


4.2-6.0 m


Up to 3,000 pounds (1,360 kilograms)

Native habitat

Savannas, grasslands, and woodlands



Giraffa camelopardalis


Giraffes coat pattern is the same as our fingerprint. It is unique for each one. There are four distinct species of giraffe, and five subspecies. The four distinct species are the Masai giraffe, Northern Giraffe, Reticulated giraffe, and Southern giraffe. At Emirates Park Zoo you can see Reticulated Giraffe and South African Giraffe species. The Group of giraffes is called ‘Tower’ which includes 10-20 members led by an adult male. The Giraffe neck is around 6-foot (1.8) meters and weighs around 600pounds (272kg). Just like humans, giraffes have seven neck vertebrae and each one can be over 10 inches (25.4 centimeters) long. Giraffes are known as browsers, meaning that they eat leaves, buds and occasionally bark from trees and shrubs. The color of the tongue mostly described as black, blue, or purple with a pink base helps to protect the tongue from getting sunburned from frequent sun exposure while eating. They can run very fast around 35 miles (56 kilometers) per hour for short distances. Their front legs are longer than their back legs. Female giraffes give birth in a standing position. They normally take only quick naps which last for a minute or two as they only need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep within a day. Giraffes can rest while standing, but they sometimes also lie down with their head resting on their rump. 


Habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching, hunting, disease, war, and human-giraffe conflict have impacted severely to reduced giraffe population throughout Africa. Conservation efforts are ongoing to protect giraffe species. Many organizations such as Giraffe Conservation Foundation, The Wildlife Conservation Society, The African Wildlife Foundation, WWF, and Modern Zoos have taken vital actions in order to protect giraffe species by supporting research on ecology and conservation, promoting the importance of the care of giraffes worldwide, monitoring giraffe populations to control habitat loss and poaching, educates local communities to implement sustainable practices, organize events and workshops to make public awareness about wildlife and keep up to date information about problems and solutions. These conservation efforts are the key to the survival of giraffes in the wild.