The Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is the tallest of all our land-living animals.
It is approximately 4.3 metres (14 ft) to 5.2 metres (17 ft) tall, but the tallest male recorded stood almost 6 metres (20 ft).
The species name camelopardalis (camelopard) is derived from its early Roman name, where it was described as having characteristics of both a camel and a leopard.
Each giraffe has a unique coat pattern.
Giraffes can reach a sprint speed of up to 60 km/h (37 mph).
A single well-placed kick from an adult giraffe can kill a predator. Lions are the only predators which pose a serious threat to an adult giraffe. When hunting an adult giraffe, lions try to knock it off its feet and pull it down.
The giraffe has one of the shortest sleep requirements of any mammal - 4.5 or 4.6 hours per 24 hours.
Its tongue, lips and palate are tough enough to deal with sharp thorns in trees. With the long tongue (about 45 centimetres /18 in), the giraffe can also clean off bugs from its face.
Facts picked from the Wikipedia article.
The photographs are my own, from our zoo.
For ABC Wednesday