10 of the largest animals on Earth • Earth.com

Last update: August 20th, 2019 at 2:00 pm


The GIRAFFE is the tallest living land animal. They average 14.1 – 18.7 feet (4.3 – 5.7 meters) in height, with the tallest recorded male coming in at 19.3 feet. Adult males typically weigh up to 2,628 lbs (1,192 kg) and females average 1,825 lbs (828 kg). Giraffes are the largest ruminants (which include cattle, goats, antelopes, deer) but they belong to an otherwise prehistoric genus, Giraffa. All seven of the other species belonging to the genus have long gone extinct.

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