Title: Giraffe, Alternative Title: (Giraffa camelopardalis), Creator: STansell, Kenneth, Source: WO5095-023, Publisher: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Contributor: DIVISION OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS. Language: EN - ENGLISH, Rights: (public domain), Audience: (general), Subject: animals, wildlife, Africa, mammals.
Giraffe/Giraffa comes from the Arabic word "zarafah", which means "one who walks swiftly" (Gotch, 1995). Camelopardalis = camel (camelus), leopard (pardus); Latin. Centuries ago, it was thought that giraffes were part camel and part leopard. Local names: Twiga (Swahili), Nduida (Kikuyu), Oloodo-kirrangata (Masai). There are numerous other names in various local languages -Kingdon (1979) lists 20 Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) Fact Sheet, 2003.
"Giraffes are superbly adapted to exploit a food source that is out of reach for other hooved animals. They feed almost entirely on leaves of acacia, mimosa, and wild apricot trees. The 18-inch tongue is wrapped around a branch and as the head is pulled away, leaves are stripped off."
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