What does a giraffe taste like?
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.”
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].”
- With its reputation as a scavenger, which includes dining from piles of garbage, some fear disease from eating crow. But a local medic explains that after being cooked at the right temperature the crow meat is absolutely safe to eat.
- There's very little in the way of actual flavor. Frog legs are fairly commonly eaten, and we can tell you from experience that it tastes like a cross between chicken and fish — namely, the texture of dark-meat chicken, the flavor of a mild fish.
- Moose killed recently after consuming a leafy diet tastes much like grass-fed beef. Moose killed later in the fall or winter, after they begin to eat twigs and conifers, is quite gamy like caribou. Moose burgers are tasty, like any lean meat, they can be dry and firm if over-cooked.
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.
- about 25 years
- Lions have almost no predators. However, old, sick lions are sometimes attacked, killed and eaten by hyenas. And very young lions can be killed by hyenas, leopards and other predators when they are not being watched carefully by their mothers. But a healthy adult lion has little to fear from any other animal.
- Only 25 to 50% of giraffe calves reach adulthood; the life expectancy is between 20 and 25 years in the wild and 28 years in captivity.
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.
- The giraffe's long neck is a perfect adaptation to the animal's natural habitat. Clearly the giraffe evolved this uncommon and helpful trait in order to reach those nourishing leaves. That's how natural selection works.
- A giraffe can consume up to 12 gallons of water at one time when drinking from a water hole. They also obtain water from the dew on the leaves they eat and the water contained in their food. How are their long necks adapted to their lifestyle? Their long necks allow them to feed among treetops and spot predators.
Updated: 2nd November 2019