Giraffe

Meet the tower of giraffe found at the Abilene Zoo.

Fast Facts

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Ossicones

Slight sexual dimorphism: males have bigger ossicones, and the males fight for females. They use the ossicones for defense in the wild.

Scientists think they did not grow horns like rhinos since it would get in the way of reaching the leaves.

Ossicones on babies are pushed in to keep the mom and the baby safe during birth. This is much like the soft bones of a human baby.

Giraffe and Cattle Similarities

Males are called bulls and females are called cows. The babies are called calves. These names are just like West Texas cattle. The Zoo Keepers know the giraffe herd very well. All of the giraffes have very different personalities.

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