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The word "giraffe" comes from the Arabic word, "zirafah," meaning "the tallest of all." The giraffe is the tallest land animal in the world, standing up to nine feet tall and weighing up to 2,800 pounds! This huge mammal is best known for its long neck, spotted pattern, and long legs. The giraffe's scientific classification begins with the kingdom of animalia. From there is the phylum of chordate, and after that is the class of mammalian. Next, is the order of artiodactyla, then the family of giraffidea. Fallowing the family is the genus of giraffe. Last but not least, is the species of g. camelopardalis. The giraffe relies on a lot of different sensory modalities in different situations, from eating to communicating with others of his…show more content…
For example, Combretum, Terminalia, and Pterocarpus. Giraffes also have an extremely sticky, prehensile, long tongue, which allows them to feed on hard to reach leaves. Thickened saliva on the tongue and lips help protect them from thorns. The skull of a giraffe is attached to the neck; this allows them to extend their head to a completely vertical angle, also increasing its reach. In the rainy season they will tend to eat the leaves that come and go throughout the year. During the dry season giraffes will mainly eat evergreen species. If they need to, giraffes are able to go a few days without water. Instead of drinking water they stay hydrated by the moisture from leaves. On an average day a giraffe will consume any where from 75 to 165 pounds of food. A symbiotic relationship is a close, prolonged association between two or more different organisms of different species that may, but does not necessarily, benefit each member. Giraffes have a symbiotic relationship with tickbirds. These small birds ride on the giraffe's back, eating pesky insects off of its skin. In return for food, the birds serve as an early warning signal, alerting giraffes to any approaching predators with a loud chirp. These two animals share a mutualism symbiotic relationship. There are many different characteristics and actions of a giraffe that make this animal stand out from all the others. For one, no giraffe has the same pattern as any other giraffe. They give birth standing up, and

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