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Masai Giraffe

Scientific Name: Giraffa camelopardalis

Habitat: Dry savannah regions of sub-Saharan Africa

Food: Leaves of acacia, mimosa, and wild apricot.

Facts: Giraffes, the tallest animals on earth, have seven neck bones, the same number found in humans. Adult males can grow to a height of nearly 19 feet (6 meters). Stretching its long neck, a giraffe can take advantage of food sources other mammals can't reach.

The giraffe's 17-inch long, sensitive tongue is prehensile. It can actually grasp and hold objects, enabling the giraffe to strip green leaves from trees.