The giraffe lookout

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The giraffe lookout

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They are unconditionally linked to the primal image of Africa. In Pairi Daiza they are among the favourites of the public, especially since the introduction of the Explorer, which is a unique platform where you can see the giraffes eye to eye, even though they are up to 5.80 m high. The animals are exclusively vegetarian, so you do not have to fear a nasty bite. From this position you will undoubtedly question why these animals have such long necks, while its cousin, the okapi, which has more normal dimensions, can equally well sustain itself.

Giraffa camelopardalis evolved from an ordinary grass eater to a connoisseur with an absolute preference for tender leaf shoots that are located high up in the trees and through natural selection, the higher the neck of the animal the more specific is its the diet.

Strange but true, giraffe only have 7 cervical vertebrae, just like all other vertebrates.

The length of the tongue is so impressive that it can touch the tip of the ear and it can rip a serious amount of leaf buds from a tree in one go.

These animals are found from Chad to South Africa, but there are only about 110,000 to 150,000 of these animals around, while their numbers were up to one million just twenty years ago. Of the animals living n the wild only a small herd remains in Niger.

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