By Josie  May 19th, 2023

Ever Recorded

The Tallest Giraffe 

Although their long eyelashes and big eyes make them adorable, it is their towering height that makes Giraffes truly unique.

These iconic animals are native to the African continent, where they can roam the grasslands and savannas in small herds.

George is the tallest giraffe ever recorded, measuring a whopping 19 feet (5.8 meters) tall at his full height.

The Tallest Giraffe Ever Recorded

George lived at the Chester Zoo in England in the 1950s, he was a gentle and friendly giraffe with a “cheeky personality”

The Second Tallest Giraffe

In July 2020, Forest made headlines when Guinness World Records officially recognized him as the Second Tallest Giraffe Ever Recorded

At the time of his measurement, Forest stood at a staggering height of 18 feet 8 inches, just a few inches shy of George’s record.

Why Are Giraffes So Tall?

One reason for their height is related to their diet.

The answer lies in their unique physiology and evolutionary history.

Their long necks provide them with a vertical reach of up to 20 feet, allowing them to access the uppermost leaves that other animals cannot reach.

Giraffes' bones are elongated but not thicker than those of other mammals their size, making them relatively lightweight despite their height.

Fun Fact #1

Giraffes live in groups that, funnily enough, are referred to as ‘towers.’ These towers can consist of a few individuals to over 20.

Fun Fact #2

Giraffes can run up to 35 miles (56 km) per hour, making them one of the fastest land animals despite their size.

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