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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-ea Continue...

They feed, primarily on a variety of Acacia and Combretum species. Giraffe can run at speeds up to 35 mph. Giraffe's are highly selective browsers. stern Kenya, eastern Sudan and Eritrea. They meet the demand of water by relying heavily on early morning dew and the water content of of their food to make up for water shortage. 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. Morever, Giraffes also have certain special adaptations that help this mammal survive and find food for itself. Although, mostly giraffe's are known for eating leaves, they also eat flowers, vines and herbs. Giraffe drink water if it is available; however, they are very much capable of going on weeks period of time without any water. They are ruminants with a 4-chambered stomach. There are nine different sub-species of giraffe, all living in different regions of Africa. Upon research, I found out that their neck veins contain valves and a network of tiny veins (rete mirabile) to prevent blackouts when the animal lowers its head to drink. Their loss of habitat is also a continuing threat to this species.