June 21 is World Giraffe Day — a celebration of the animal with the longest neck on the longest day of the year. (Or the longest night, depending on where on the planet you live.)
Did you know that a giraffe’s hooves are as large as dinner plates? Or that a giraffe gives birth standing up, and the thump when the baby hits the ground helps it start breathing? Or that these magnificent animals are in danger of disappearing from the wild?
You can learn more neat information about giraffes, and read the story of the world’s first “giraffologist” in The Girl Who Loved Giraffes. (The giraffes pictured here — by artist François Thisdale — appear on the book’s title page.)
What better way to celebrate World Giraffe Day this year than to visit your favourite bookstore and buy yourself a copy — and maybe one for a friend too? A portion of author royalties will go to giraffe conservation!
Happy World Giraffe Day!