Giraffe in Swahili: twiga (Giraffa camelopardalis)
Shoulder height: 250–350 cm; weight: 1,000–1,400 kg. The world’s tallest and longest-necked land animal, a fully grown giraffe can measure up to 5.5 metres high. Quite unmistakable, the giraffe lives in loosely structured herds of up to 15, though herd members often disperse and are seen singly or in smaller groups. Formerly distributed throughout East and southern Africa, the giraffe is now more restricted to conservation areas, where it is generally common and easily seen.