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The Reticulated Giraffe is a subspecies of artiodactyl from East, Southern, and West Africa. Giraffes are the tallest animals reaching heights of up to 6.15 meters (20 ft.). The tallest giraffe grew 6.5 meters (21 ft.) tall. For their size giraffes are pretty light, males are 1.2 tons (2400 lbs.), and females 0.66 tons (1320 lbs). Reticulated giraffes can be identified from the other eight subspecies of giraffes by their quadrangle-shaped spots. Giraffes are herbivores (plant eaters), but will occasionally crunch on dry bones from carcasses. The giraffe's favorite food is the Acacia tree's leaves, thorns, and flowers. Giraffes will also eat wild figs and other savanna fruit. Giraffes are ruminants, which are animals that have four stomaches and chew their cud. They first swallow the leaves and bring them back up to be chewed again three more times. The main predators of the Reticulated Giraffe are lions, leopards, Nile crocodiles and African wild dogs. The predators normally go for young individuals because the adults are too alert and dangerous, unless they are bending down to drink.

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