A giraffe at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. 🇹🇿🦒🌴🌳🌿🌱🌳 The giraffe is the tallest living terrestrial animal with male giraffes (or ‘bulls’) growing up to 18 feet (5.5 meters) tall, with a shoulder height of 11 feet (3.3 meters) and female giraffes (or ‘cows’) growing up to 14 feet (4.3 meters) tall, with a shoulder height of 9 feet (2.8 meters). Baby giraffes can be six feet tall at birth.
The tallest recorded male giraffe was one at London Zoo called George who reached an amazing 19 ft 3 in (5.88 meters). The name "giraffe" has its earliest known origins in the Arabic word “zarāfah”, perhaps borrowed from the animal's Somali name “geri”. The Arab name is translated as "fast-walker”. There were several Middle English spellings, such as “jarraf”, “ziraph”, and “gerfauntz”. The Italian form “giraffa” arose in the 1590s. The modern English form developed around 1600 from the French “girafe”.
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