Male giraffes (the tallest of all animals) can grow to more than eighteen feet tall, nearly five feet taller than African elephants (the second tallest animal.) With their long legs, long neck, and tawny brown patches, it would be easy to think the giraffe was a Dr. Seuss invention! Unfortunately their numbers in the wild have been greatly reduced by hunting and habitat encroachment. Today, most giraffes live in game preserves, national parks or zoos.
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