What is giraffe?

What Does giraffe Mean

The first thing we are going to do is know the etymological origin of the term giraffe. In this case, we have to establish that it is a word that derives from Arabic, specifically emanates from the noun "zarafa" which can be translated as "light creature".

The giraffe is the tallest animal in the world . It is a ruminant and artiodactyl mammal that can reach five meters in height thanks to its extensive neck.
Originally from Africa , the giraffe - whose scientific name is Giraffa camelopardalis - has a body covered in light fur with dark spots. On its head it has two small horns, which are covered with skin.

The giraffe is a herbivorous animal : it eats leaves, grass and fruits. Thanks to its neck, it can access food that is not available to other herbivorous species.
The forests , the grasslands and African savannahs provide habitat for giraffe, which has the lion, leopard and hyena from predators. The man usually hunt giraffes either to use their skin and meat or a trophy. They are also captured to confine them to captivity.
Other data of interest about the giraffe are the following:

-Its weight ranges between 750 and 1,600 kilos, approximately.

-In Europe, the first giraffe to set foot on that continent came from the hands of Julius Caesar, since he took it there from Egypt. At that time, the Romans were stunned by this animal, which they did not hesitate to call "cameleopard". And it is that they considered that, due to its colors and its shape, it was a perfect mix between a camel and a leopard.

-There are different subspecies of giraffes, among which we can highlight some such as the West African giraffe, which is native to Nigeria; the Kordofan giraffe, which is typical of northern Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo; the Nubian giraffe, found in Ethiopia for example, and the Rothschild's giraffe, found in Kenya and Uganda.

-The gestation of a female giraffe lasts between 400 and 460 days.

-The giraffes that are found living in the wild state that they have a life expectancy of about 25 years, approximately.

-The most famous giraffe in the world goes by the name of Sophie and is a natural rubber toy that is used by babies as a teether.
By analogy to this mammal, in colloquial language the individual who is thin and very tall is often called giraffe . For example: “In the rival team there is a giraffe that will surely be very difficult to defend” , “Hey, giraffe, get involved with someone your size” , “When I was little they called me a giraffe and they used to make fun of me” .
Finally, in the field of television and cinema , the mechanism used to move a camera or microphone is called a giraffe . Giraffes allow these devices to be moved at height , satisfying the various needs that may arise in a shoot, a recording or a broadcast.

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