Giraffes are the world's tallest animal. Their first experience of life is a two metre drop to the ground, because female giraffes give birth standing up. For the first few weeks, the calf remains hidden in the shade and the mother returns to it from her foraging trips. Later on, the calf is taken to join a creche. Calves grow fast and are weaned at 18 months, although they start eating solids well before then.
Did you know?
At nearly six metres the giraffe is the world's tallest animal.
Scientific name: Giraffa camelopardalis
Visitors to South Africa are always keen to catch a glimpse and a photo of the country's celebrated Big Five: elephant, lion, rhinoceros, buffalo and leopard.
While the big game is magnificent – and includes other giants such as giraffe, hippo, whale and dolphin – there's much more to South Africa's wildlife. The country has some of the world's richest biodiversity hotspots, with remarkable birdlife, abundant buck, small game and bizarre insects.
To promote these, some clever people came up with another must-see list: the Little Five. They are (and don't laugh) the elephant shrew, ant lion, rhinoceros beetle, buffalo weaver and leopard tortoise.
Read more: http://www.southafrica.info/about/animals/little-five.htm#.VRpLx_mSxyU#ixzz3Vwi402KC