World Giraffe Day: Celebrate The Longest Necked Animal On The Longest Day Of The Year

First Posted: Jun 20, 2016 04:10 AM EDT

One of the most amazing and much loved animals is the giraffe. This creature with the longest neck is also celebrated on June 21, which is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

Giraffe is also known before as a long-necked camel leopard. Its name derived to its camel-like shape and its leopard-like coloring. Both humans and giraffes have the same number of vertebrae in their necks. On the other hand, giraffes use them a bit differently.

This tallest living terrestrial animal is also the largest ruminant. It is an African even-toed ungulate mammal. It has extremely long neck and legs. It can reach a height from 4.3 to 5.7 meters (14.1 to 18.7 feet). Male giraffes are taller than female giraffes. The tallest recorded female giraffe was about 5.17 meters (17.0 ft.) and the tallest male giraffe was 5.88 meters (19.3 ft.).

World Giraffe Day aims to create awareness and support for giraffe in the wild. There are only about 90,000 giraffes that remain in the wild. By supporting the World Giraffe Day, you can help in saving the giraffe in Africa. The governments, zoos, NGOs, schools, conservation organizations and companies all around the globe are hosting the events on June 21 each year. Among them who celebrate and support this unique creature are Abilen Zoo, Auckland Zoo, Zoo Berlin, Zoo Basel, Birmingham Zoo, Disney Animal Kingdom and many more.


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