Giraffes are the tallest mammals in the world, with some measuring up to 6m. Their long necks are key to reaching their food, as they browse from the tops of trees.
The hair on a giraffe's tail is 10 to 20 times thicker than human hair.
Each giraffe's pattern is a unique "fingerprint", its colours work as camouflage, helping the giraffes blend with the world around them.
A newborn giraffe is 1.6m tall; it needs to be this tall to reach its mother's milk. Calves can stand up as quickly as half an hour after they are born. This is vital in the wild, as vulnerable animals are the first target of predators.
Most people are surprised to find giraffes are endangered and are vulnerable in the wild. Auckland Zoo supports Giraffe Conservation Foundation, the only NGO in the world that concentrates solely on the conservation and management of giraffe in the wild throughout Africa.