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Reticulated Giraffe I have always been fascinated by giraffe's tremendous height and atractive physique covered with circle and square shape designs. Upon my arrival at Sacramento Zoo, I found incredible details about giraffe. Giraffe's are classified in the phylum Chordata. Their subphylum is vertebrata, and they are distinguished under class mammalia and order Artiodactyle; furthermore, its family is giraffidae. They are among the very few mammals that cannot swim at all. The only other member of the giraffe family is the okapi. Giraffe's are found through out open woodland and wooded grassland throughout sub-saharan Africa. Reticulated giraffe are confined to north-eastern Kenya, eastern Sudan and Eritrea. Giraffe's are highly selective browsers. They feed, primarily on a variety of Acacia and Combretum species. They could eat over a hundred species depending on what is seasonally available. Although, mostly giraffe's are known for eating leaves, they also eat flowers, vines and herbs. Giraffe have also been seen to eat weaver-bird nests with young inside, and may chew on bones, perhaps to gain additional minerals. They are ruminants with a 4-chambered stomach. There are nine different sub-species of giraffe, all living in different regions of Africa. Giraffes have been eliminated from vast areas of their former range in the last century. The main threat continues to be poaching, for their tail hair which are used in making of bracelets. Giraffe's are herbivorous eaters; therefore, they make up for a good meat for humans that seek animals for meat purposes. Their loss of habitat is also a continuing threat to this species. Morever, Giraffes also have certain special adaptations that help this mammal survive and find food for itself. Giraffe drink water if it is available; however, they are very much capable of going on weeks period of time without any water. They meet the demand of water by relying heavily ...

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