Sunday, August 12, 2007

all about giraffes

We spent the day at Binder Park Zoo this past Saturday. I was kinda disappointed in the zoo, it wasn't much better, if any, than John Ball Park. Anyway, the best part was definitely the giraffes and seeing the kids feeding them. I really enjoy the African animals; zebras, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, etc. I was hoping to see more at Binder Park. I guess we will need to go back to Busch Gardens to see more. Here are some interesting fact and photos about giraffes. Enjoy!!!!

•Giraffes are the tallest land animals. A giraffe could look into a second-story window without even having to stand on its tiptoes!
•A giraffe's 6-foot neck weighs about 600 pounds.

•The legs of a giraffe are also 6 feet long. The back legs look shorter than the front legs, but they are about the same length.
•A giraffe's heart is 2 feet long and weighs about 25 pounds, and its lungs can hold 12 gallons of air!
• A giraffe's feet are the size of a dinner plate—12 inches across.
• Giraffes have the same number of vertebrae in their necks as we do—seven. Each one is just much bigger than ours!
• A giraffe's tongue is 18 to 20 inches long and blue-black. Some people think the color is to keep the tongue from getting sunburned.

Look at that tongue!!!!

• Giraffes can moo, hiss, roar, and whistle.
• The record running speed of a giraffe is 34.7 miles per hour.
• Would you believe the giraffe has the longest tail of any land mammal? They can be 8 feet long, including the tuft on the end!

Maybe I will need to find a giraffe fabric for my next new handbag......