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At about 3m tall, an antelope-like animal which roamed the plains and forests of Asia and Europe between the Eocene and Oligocene epochs (specifically 30 – 50 million years ago) was the forefather of the 2 remaining members of the Giraffidae family; the modern day giraffe and okapi.

In countries ranging from Japan, China and Mongolia, through India and Iran and into Greece and Austria, as well as Africa, more than 10 fossil genera have been discovered telling us that by the Miocene epoch (6-23 million years ago) early deer-like giraffids were yet to develop the long neck synonymous with today’s giraffe.

Giraffes started off having very small necks. Over time from stretching up to reach leaves from higher trees, their neck's grew longer and longer. The result was them having very long necks.


A giraffe’s spots are much like human fingerprints. No two individual giraffes have exactly the same pattern.A giraffe's neck is too short to reach the ground. As a result, it has to awkwardly spread its front legs or kneel to reach the ground for a drink of water.

Both male and female giraffes have two distinct, hair-covered horns called ossicones. Male giraffes use their horns to sometimes fight with other males. Giraffes only need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period!


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