Giraffes usually get enough water from the leaves they eat. But during the dry season, leaves lose moisture, so giraffes come to the waterhole to drink.


  • Title: Giraffe
  • Location: South Africa, Africa
  • Type: Taxidermy Specimen
  • Rights: This image was obtained from the Smithsonian Institution. The image or its contents may be protected by international copyright laws. http://www.si.edu/termsofuse
  • External Link: View this object record in the Smithsonian Institution Collections Search Center
  • USNM Catalog Number(s): 589668
  • Scientific Name: <i>Giraffa camelopardalis</i>
  • Photo Credit: Donald E. Hurlbert, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Field: Vertebrate Zoology


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