Giraffa camelopardalis peralta
Head and body length (Males): 381 - 550 cm, Tail (Males): 78.7 - 104.1 cm
550 - 1930 kg
Estimated at 310
Southwestern Niger; prefers dry savanna and open woodlands
Looking up. After falling to as low as 50 in 1996, the West African giraffe population is growing again, aided by conservation efforts and the absence of predators able to target the world's tallest terrestrial animal. Temporary groups forage at night, their long necks suited to reaching choice leaves. But to drink or feed on low vegetation, they are obliged to spread their front legs wide, and when fully asleep they curve their necks at extreme angles to rest their heads on a hip or upper rear leg while sitting. Room to stretch out is in short supply due to loss of fragmentation of habitat and their comeback is far from certain.