Tall Stories: A View from the Top

The giraffe (genus - Giraffa camelopardalis) is an African mammal, the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. Its chief distinguishing characteristics are its extremely long neck and legs and its distinctive coat patterns. It's appearance, being rather unique, makes it easily recognisable for children and thus it features in many card games and on alphabet learning toys.

They feed on acacia leaves from the higher branches which other animals cannot reach. With no threat to their food source, they have extended their range all over Africa. They also have few predators, being vulnerable when young mostly, although it is known that lions can bring an adult down when no other food source is available to the them. Giraffes live in packs and superiority in the pack is decided by 'combat' when they use their longnecks as a weapon. This is called 'necking' but I should say that any American readers may be confused because 'necking' has an entirely different meaning to lusty U.S. teenagers. I suspect that all giraffes live in fear of getting a sore throat!!

The most famous giraffe is probably Geoffrey. He has been a mascot for Toys R Us and has featured in store promotions and advertising for many years. If you go to the store on sale days for example, you are likely to be accosted by a 'live' giraffe, a member of staff in his or her 'get-up'.

Below are several examples of giraffes in my collection. As usual, I will name the game and publisher under each illustration. If you have any questions or more imformation, I will try to help.

 

Geoffrey the Giraffe standing before the reverse R in Toys R Us

Giraffe

Animal Fours

Piatnik

Giraffe

Zoo Friends

Waddy

Mr. Giraffe

Noah's Ark Card Game

H P Gibson

Mrs. Giraffe

Noah's Ark Card Game

H P Gibson

Baby Giraffe

Noah's Ark Card Game

H P Gibson

Jungle Thrills

Pepys

Jungle Thrills

Pepys

Jungle Thrills

Pepys

Lenny the Lion's Snap!

Ariel

Title Card

Tier Quartett: Aus aller Welt

ASS

Beggar My Neighbour

Waddingtons

Zoo Snap

John Adams

Verrückte Tiere

Ravensburger

Dennis the Drums

Donkey

Tower Press

Zoo Cards

Child's Play International

Giraffe

Oosehe

Woolley and Company

Box Front

Rekorde im Tierreich

Neubert

Wild Animals - Giraffe

Tiere-Quartett

Ravensburger

Card Houses

Spears

Jungle Snap

Chad Valley

Wilde Dieren: Giraffe

Dieren Kwartet

Papita

Put 2

Beggar My Neighbour

Arrow

George the Giraffe

Donkey

Chad Valley

Zootiere: Giraffe Eugenia

Freddy der Esel

Schulte & Gerth

African Animals: Giraffe

Nursery Zoo

Piatnik

Giraffe

Donkey

Ravensburger

3253

Playmobile Quartett

Playmobile

Giraffe, Pelly, Monkey

Roald Dahl Goodies and Baddies

Winning Moves

Snap

Falcon

George Giraffe

Animal Snap

Waddy

Joe Giraffe

Snap

Whitman

Giraffe

Animals in the Zoo

Waddingtons

 

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