National Animal of Equatorial Guinea
The national animal of Equatorial Guinea is the giraffe. It is the tallest living terrestrial animal in the world. Its neck stands tall on its shoulders, enabling it to feed on leaves on tops of trees. Equatorial Guinea’s national animal belongs to the family of giraffidae. It’s extremely long neck and legs are the main distinguishing features of giraffe. It also has a horn-like ossicones, which sticks out on its head. In Equatorial Guinea, the image of giraffe can be found in paintings, books, cartons and many more other places. Perhaps this is why it is considered the national animal of Equatorial Guinea.
Giraffes mostly live in savannas and woodlands. They prefer areas with few trees, but with more shrubs where they can get enough food. They can also be found in desert environments. According to animal census of 1999, there are approximately 140,000 giraffes in Equatorial Guinea (African Wildlife).Other than Equatorial Guinea, giraffes can also be found in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana and many other African countries.
Facts about the National Animal of Equatorial Guinea (Giraffe)
- Common name: Giraffe
- Scientific name: Giraffa
- Average weight: male-2600 lbs; female-1800lbs
- Average length: 14ft
- Life expectancy: 25 years
Giraffes feed on twigs of trees, shrubs, grass and also fruits. During the mating season, a few older male giraffes mate with the fertile females. The males ascertain the fertility of the female by tasting their urine. Typically, the national animal of Equatorial Guinea has brown patches separated by black lines. These animals are powerful and together with their big size, good eyesight and powerful kicks, they can be able to defend themselves against predators. This explains their long lifespan of up to 25 years in the wild. This beautiful, long and powerful animal is actually the national animal symbol of Equatorial Guinea.
The giraffe is not only the national animal of Equatorial Guinea but also a good tourist attraction site. It has earned the country a lot of revenue in foreign exchange. Every citizen of Equatorial Guinea likes associating himself with the giraffe, making it qualify as the national symbol of Equatorial Guinea.
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- “Giraffe fact sheet”-World animal foundation