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Giraffes are the tallest land animals, able to look into a second-story window without even having to stand on tiptoes! A giraffe's 6-foot (1.8 meter) neck weighs about 600 pounds (272 kilograms). The legs of a giraffe are also 6 feet (1.8 meters) long, its heart is 2 feet (0.6 meters) long and weighs about 25 pounds (11 kilograms), and its lungs can hold 12 gallons (55 liters) of air.
It takes a lot of leaves to fuel such a large animal. Giraffes may eat up to 75 pounds (34 kilograms) of food per day, nibbling on leaves from Africa’s acacia trees. These trees often have long thorns that keep most animals from munching on them, but those thorns don't stop giraffes! They simply use their 18-inch (46 centimeter) tongue to reach around the thorns, and the tongue’s thick, sticky saliva coats any thorns they might swallow. It is thought that the dark color of their tongue protects it from getting sunburned while reaching for the leaves!
Of the nine giraffe subspecies, the Uganda giraffe is the only one that is endangered, now surviving in only a few small, isolated populations in Kenya and Uganda. However, at the Safari Park we have had 115 births so far, with more calves due this year!