Q: What animal is most closely related to a giraffe?
BG: Some scientists believe that the giraffe family is related to the deer family because deer antlers are thought to have originated as bony projections, similar to giraffes. Other scientists believe the giraffe family is distantly related to the antelope family because both antelopes and giraffes have permanent horns.
Q: Why is a giraffe’s tongue purplish-black?
BG: Giraffes eat for up to 20 hours a day! The dark coloring on their tongues works as a sunscreen.
Q: How fast can a giraffe run?
BG: Giraffes are agile and can run up to 35 mph, and have been known to jump up to 6 feet in the air.