Masai giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi. Eating acacia tree leaves. Note purplish-black prehensile tongue; that is useful for grasping
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Dimensions:5906 x 4331 px | 50 x 36.7 cm | 19.7 x 14.4 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:February 15, 2021
foliage, as well as for grooming and cleaning the animal's nose. The upper lip of the giraffe is also prehensile and useful when foraging, and is covered in hair to protect against thorns. The tongue and inside of the mouth are covered in papillae. Giraffes browse on the twigs of trees, preferring trees of the subfamily Acacieae and the genera Commiphora and Terminalia, which are important sources of calcium and protein to sustain the giraffe's growth rate. They also feed on shrubs, grass and fruit. A giraffe eats around 34 kg (75 lb) of foliage daily. When stressed, giraffes may chew the bark off branches. Although herbivorous, the giraffe has been known to visit carcasses and lick dried meat off bones. Tanzania