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Randle, a giraffe at the Zoo
Jessie Cohen, NZP photographer


Giraffes are the tallest animals in the world. Males can be 18 feet tall and weigh two tons. When giraffes are born, they are about six feet tall.

Giraffes' great height allows them to reach leaves too high for other herbivores. They get enough moisture from leaves that they can go for weeks without drinking.

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Note: We do not currently have giraffes at the Zoo.