Giraffes are practically part of the landscape of Africa, standing tree-like in the grasslands. Most giraffe species are of no concern to conservationists, yet a sub-species, the Rothschild giraffe, or Ugandan Giraffe, is endangered. Those living in the wild are found in protected areas in Kenya and Uganda, while about 450 individuals are found in zoos around the world.
The Rothschild giraffe is the tallest giraffe measuring up to 6 meters in height (20feet) when fully matured. They can weigh up to 2,800 pounds, with the males weighing more than the females. There are some features that make them stand out from other giraffes – they have white socks up to their knees, they have five horns and they are different from other giraffes in the colouring of their coat which consists of dark patches and then areas of creamy white through them – along the lines of that of a leopard. The markings on their coat are as unique as a human fingerprint.
In spite of their great height and gangly appearance the giraffe is one of the fastest species of animal reaching top speeds of 35mph when running over open ground. They also have one of the longest and most mobile of tongues reaching an average length of 45.6cm.
Our very cute giraffe has been hand knitted in soft Shetland wool, with the sweetest expression, long legs and little giraffe tail.
Our giraffes are very keen for you to know that they have glass eyes. Although very beautiful and hand made, these eyes can be dangerous for babies and small children. We are always happy to embroider the eyes for you so please remember to select this option when ordering.