What are the predators of giraffes?
Despite being the tallest land animal in the world, the Giraffe is actually preyed upon by a number of large carnivores that co-inhabit the dry savannah. Lions are the primarily predators of the Giraffe that use the strength of the whole pride to catch their victim, but they are also preyed upon by Leopards and Hyenas.
2. Giraffe. “Properly prepared, and cooked rare,” pens celebrity chef Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall, “giraffe's meat steak can be better than steak or venison. The meat has a natural sweetness that may not be to everybody's taste, but is certainly to mine when grilled over an open fire.”
- You Can Still Eat African Lion Meat in the U.S., but Not for Long. African lions are the only big cats in the world not listed as threatened or endangered species. But a recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal could change that and give these cats protection to keep them off of dinner plates.
- Thankfully, these accounts give some hint as to what elephant meat actually tastes like: it's flavor is by turns “unpleasant” and “peculiar” and its texture varies between “coarse” and “slightly gelatinous.” Apparently, elephant tastes like Spam.
- "It's a different meat, but if you like different, wild meat, you'll like seal." With a taste that is equal parts gamey and fishy, with a texture comparable with veal and duck, seal is a very dark meat which is surprisingly low in fat and rich in iron and Omega-3.
The New York Times pointed out that “the species is not endangered, but it faces threats from habitat loss and hunting.” After that, it was hard not to wonder: If people hunt giraffes, they must eat them. Meat [from] one giraffe can be equal to meat that one gets from four elands [antelopes].”
- Yes. The eating of giant fruit bats or “flying foxes” on the island of Guam is now blamed for causing one of the most baffling and disturbing epidemics ever— a sudden appearance of a Parkinson's disease-like syndrome in the 1970's. The Chamorro people of Guam loved the taste of flying foxes.
- Misconception: Although the giraffe is a kosher animal, it is not slaughtered because it is not known where on the neck to perform the shechitah (ritual slaughter).
- Rich and gamey, with notes of duck. Lion: 57°C for 24 hours. Tastes like pork but richer. Tastes a little bloody and metallic.
In the wild, giraffes primarily eat the leaves and twigs of acacia, mimosa, and wild apricot trees (also various trees and shrubs in the genera Commiphora and Terminalia). Still, their diet does extend well beyond the more commonly eaten plants just mentioned. They even eat some fruit.
- Giraffes can live up to 26 years old in the wild, but they can live much longer in captivity where disease and predators are absent. Discover a giraffe's life cycle with information from an animal behavior specialist in this free video on zoo animals.
- Tigers eat a variety of prey ranging in size from termites to elephant calves. However, an integral component of their diet are large-bodied prey weighing about 20 kg (45 lb) or larger such as moose, deer species, pigs, cows, horses, buffalos and goats.
- Range. Giraffes can be found in central, eastern and southern Africa. Giraffes live in the savannas of Africa, where they roam freely among the tall trees, arid land, dense forests and open plains.
Updated: 2nd November 2019