What do Giraffes Eat?

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What do Giraffes Eat?

Giraffes are the tallest animals on land and probably some of the strangest looking. They live on the savanna and lightly-wooded regions of Africa, grazing on trees and shrubs at their leisure. Giraffes use their long necks to reach the very tallest leaves on trees. This gives them access to food that shorter animals can't reach. The acacia tree is their favorite meal, despite the long spikes on its branches. Giraffes get around this thorny issue by having tongues that are just as stretched as their necks. They can maneuver their tongues through the spikes to gather the leaves unharmed. So, what do Giraffes Eat? Well giraffes also munch on other trees, as well as shrubs, grasses and fruits. The average giraffe eats 65lbs of foliage every day, and needs 15lbs to survive. Baby giraffes are already six feet tall at birth, and nurse from their mothers until they are tall enough to reach leaves. In zoos, giraffes often have trees in the enclosure, but most zookeepers also leave bales of hay tied in nets to the trees. This allows them to graze naturally while ensuring they get the nutrition they need. You can submit articles in our peer reviewed Journal at

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