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Madagascar Animal Fun Facts: GIRAFFES

Madagascar Animal Fun Facts: GIRAFFES

DreamWorks MADAGASCAR – A Musical Adventure follows the journey of a zebra, a lion, a hippo and a giraffe! To get ready: Here are FIVE fun facts (plus a few more) about GIRAFFES ~

* Today giraffes are only found in sub-Sarahan Africa.
* The giraffe originated from Eurasia, probably temperate Eurasia.
* The giraffe is the tallest mammal in the world, standing at around 4-5m high, and the tallest giraffes can be recorded up to 5.9m. That’s over a meter higher than a double-decker bus.
* Despite being incredibly tall, giraffes still only have seven vertebrae in their neck – the same number as humans and most other mammals
* A giraffe’s neck is too short to reach the ground. As a result, it has to awkwardly spread or bend its front legs to reach the ground for a drink of water.
* Giraffes only need to drink once every few days. Most of their water comes from all the plants they eat.
* Unlike most other four-legged mammals, giraffes swing both legs on the same side at almost the same time during their walk, known as ‘pacing’. This movement is lost, however, when the giraffe breaks into a gallop.
* Giraffe feet are the size of a dinner plate with a diameter of 30cm.
* Both male and female giraffe have ‘horns’ already at birth. These ossicones lie flat and are not attached to the skull to avoid injury at birth. They only fuse with the skull later in life.
* Female giraffes give birth standing up. Their young fall about 2m to the ground and can stand up within an hour of birth.
* The gestation period for a giraffe is 457 days, which is about 15 months. Generally, only a single baby is born.
* About 50% of all giraffe calves do not survive their first year.
* Just like human fingerprints, no two giraffes have the same coat pattern.
* To protect the giraffe’s brain from sudden changes in blood pressure when it lowers its head to drink, it has valves to stop the back-flow of blood and elastic-walled vessels that dilate and constrict to manage flow.
* NASA has done research on the blood vessels in giraffe legs to get inspiration for human space suits.
* Giraffe tongues are bluish-purple and between 45-50cm long.
* A giraffe heart can weigh approximately 11kg and this is the biggest of any land mammal. It can pump 60 litres of blood around its body every minute at a blood pressure twice that of an average human.
* When fighting, male giraffes will push and shove against each other. This occasionally escalates into powerful blows delivered by their muscular necks. The loser can be knocked off, and sometimes even killed.

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Dreamworks Madagascar—A Musical Adventure

DreamWorks Madagascar—A Musical Adventure

June 29 – August 5, 2018

*Click for availability – many performances SOLD OUT



Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture. Book by Kevin Del Aguila. Original music and lyric by George Noriega & Joel Someillan.

Directed by Sandy Boren-Barrett

Come “Move it, Move it” with us this summer as Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and, of course, those uproariously plotting penguins enter our stage in the musical adventure of Madagascar. Not content to live in blissful captivity, Marty lets his curiosity takeover as he makes his escape to explore the world. His friends and some unusual penguins will not be left behind as they all embark on an unforgettable voyage.



Madagascar is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

  • American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted Performances: Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 2pm
  • Audio Described (AD) Performances: Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 2 pm
  • Sensory-Friendly Performances: Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 10am
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