The giraffe is an African mammal, the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant.

Giraffe scattered range extends from Chad in the north to South Africa in the south, and from Niger in the west to Somalia in the east. Giraffes are found to inhabit woodlands and savannahs. They feed on leaves, fruits, and flowers of woody plants, primarily acacia species, which they browse at heights most other herbivores cannot reach. They may be preyed on by lions, leopards, spotted hyenas and African wild dogs. Giraffes live in herds of related females and their offspring, or bachelor herds of unrelated adult males, but are gregarious and may gather in large aggregations.