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Giraffidae
Temporal range: 20–0Ma
Early Miocene - recent
An okapi in Bristol Zoo, England
Scientific classification
Genera

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The Giraffidae are a family of mammals, in the order of the even-toed ungulates. The family has two living species, the giraffe and the okapi.

Taxonomy

  • Family Giraffidae

Habitat

The giraffe and the okapi both live in Africa, south of the Sahara Desert. The giraffe lives in open savannas, while the okapi lives in the rainforests of the Congo.

Appearance

Both animals have long necks and legs and long blue tongues. Male and female giraffes and male okapis have small horn-like stumps on their heads which are covered with skin.

Giraffes are the tallest animal living on land, with a height of over 5 m. Okapis are smaller, only up to 2 m tall.