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World’s Tallest Land Mammal

Standing up to 18 feet tall and weighing upwards of 3,000 pounds, the giraffe lives on the African savanna where trees flourish. Giraffes browse on acacia trees (those are the umbrella like trees of the African savanna) and mimosa and apricot trees. The giraffe’s heart is huge. It is 2 feet long and weighs 25 lbs. It has to be large enough to pump blood up that long neck. Due to shrinking habitat from farming, roads and communities the giraffe population is shrinking as well. Alarmingly, it is also hunted. I photographed these pictures at Busch Gardens and the Lowery Park Zoo in Tampa.

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