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Monarch says: 15 Months AgoThe name giraffe is derived from the Arab word zarafa, which means 'the one who walks very fast'.
» The scientific name of the giraffe is Camelopardalis. The etymology of this name can be traced to a belief (which is untrue) that the giraffe was a cross between a camel (height) and a leopard (coat pattern).
» A male giraffe is called a bull, a female is called a cow, and a baby giraffe is called a calf.
» The species has only 9 members. These, including the Camelopardalis or Nubian mentioned above, are: Reticulated, Angolan, Kordofan, Masai, Rhodesian, Baringo/Rothschild/Ugandan, South African and West African/Nigerian.
» The average life span of a giraffe in the wild is between 20 to 25 years.
» Giraffes usually move in groups of about 30 - 35 individuals, usually mothers and their offspring. Males tend to get more solitary as they age and are generally not a part of a group.
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