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April 15, 2009
The South African Giraffe is an herbivore, commonly found in the Okavango Delta. These mammals are the tallest terrestrial animals in the world, measuring up to 20 feet (6 m). Similar to our dermal ridges (fingerprints), each giraffe has a different fur marking that never repeats. Researchers can use this unique pattern to help identify giraffes in the wild. A common misconception is that these animals do not have the ability to make any sound. In fact, giraffes communicate through infrasound, which is not audible to humans.