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African ruminant mammal, genus Giraffa, living in open savanna S of the Sahara. Giraffes have historically been considered to be one species, G. camelopardalis, with a number of subspecies, but DNA study now suggests that there are in fact four giraffe species, the southern giraffe, the Masai giraffe, the reticulated giraffe, and the northern giraffe, and that the southern and northern giraffes have subspecies. The tallest of animals, giraffes browse in treetops at heights inaccessible to other leaf-eaters. A male may be 18 ft (5.5 m) from hoof to crown. The neck, which is up to 7 ft (2.1 m) long, has only seven vertebrae, the usual number in mammals, but each is very elongated. The legs are also long and end in large hooves; the body is relatively short. The short hornlike ossicones are formed of ossified cartilage and covered with skin and hair. Giraffes have large, sandy to chestnut, angular spots closely spaced on a lighter background. They feed chiefly on leaves of acacia and mimosa, using their extensible tongues and mobile lips to secure food. Giraffes travel in small herds whose membership typically readily changes; females can form long-lasting relationship with each other. They can outrun most of their enemies and have been known to kill lions with a kick. They are most vulnerable when spreading their forelegs and lowering their heads to drink; however, they can do without water for long intervals. They are among the very few mammals that cannot swim at all. Females bear a single calf, which is about 6 ft (180 cm) tall at birth. The only other member of the giraffe family is the okapiokapi
, nocturnal ruminant mammal, Okapia johnstoni, of the giraffe family. It inhabits the almost sunless rain forests of the upper Congo and feeds on leaves. Its shape is reminiscent of a giraffe's, but it is smaller, with a much shorter neck.
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. Giraffes are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Artiodactyla, family Giraffidae.

giraffe

[jə′raf]
(vertebrate zoology)
Giraffa camelopardalis. An artiodactyl mammal in the family Giraffidae characterized by extreme elongation of the neck vertebrae, and two prominent horns on the head.

Giraffe

[jə′raf]
(astronomy)

giraffe

tallest of animals. [Zoology: NCE, 1088]

giraffe

a large ruminant mammal, Giraffa camelopardalis, inhabiting savannas of tropical Africa: the tallest mammal, with very long legs and neck and a colouring of regular reddish-brown patches on a beige ground: family Giraffidae
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Il s'agit notamment de l'examen de l'inscription de la girafe a l'Annexe II du transfert de la tortue crepe a l'Annexe I de l'Annexe II, de l'inscription du poisson mouchete a points blancs a l'Annexe II, de l'inscription du concombre de mer a l'Annexe II, de la revision de la Resolution sur la conservation et le commerce des rhinoceros africains et asiatiques, et des decisions connexes, selon le ministere kenyan du Tourisme.
Ce sera pour tout le monde, la tache sera rude. Il ne s'agira pas pour autant de [beaucoup moins que] peindre une girafe [beaucoup plus grand que] et croire qu'on cherche l'Arlesienne.
D'autres animaux comme la girafe n'ont pas encore eu l'accord d'entree sur le territoire national.
C'est sous un baobab qu'un vieil homme raconte aux enfants qui l'entourent une histoire: celle de l'amitie indefectible entre Maki, un enfant de 10 ans, et Zarafa, une girafe orpheline, cadeau du Pacha d'Eegypte au Roi de France Charles X.
Ce dernier a participe a la fabrication, avec la compagnie [beaucoup moins que]Royal de Luxe[beaucoup plus grand que] (France), d'une girafe de 25 tonnes qui a ete manipulee par une quinzaine de marionnettistes, a-t-on rappele.
Il s'agit d'ossements d'une girafe, des restes de la dentition d'un rhinoceros et d'un hippopotame ainsi qu'une gigantesque vertebre d'un animal non encore identifie inconnu, et les traces d'une patte d'un dinosaure.
Reconnaissant que les girafes courent un risque encore plus grand que les elephants, avec des populations tombant a "quelques dizaines de milliers" en raison de l'habitat et d'autres pressions, la conference a convenu que cet animal serait menace d'extinction si son commerce n'est pas strictement controle.