Giraffe feeding high

Title Info
Common name Giraffe
Scientific name Giraffa camelopardalis
Taxonomic group Giraffidae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Grasslands, savannas
Grasslands and savannas Tropical savanna
Ecological interactions Herbivory
Selection and adaptations Selection
Selection Natural Selection
Organisms Animals
Animals Mammals
Date August 08, 2003
Location Serengeti National Park,Tanzania,Africa

Giraffe feeding high in tree top, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. One of the most frequently cited examples of natural selection, giraffes are especially well adapted for feeding near the tops of savanna trees. They have evolved immensely long necks and long legs; a full-grown male may be 18 ft (5.5 m) tall, although females are somewhat shorter. In addition, they have a 1.5 ft-long tongue (45 cm) and mobile lips that allow them to pluck small and highly nutritious leaves from twigs, along with a very efficient digestive system that enables them to get the maximum nutrition from the food they eat.