How Tall is a Newborn Giraffe Compared to a Human?

Newborn giraffe bonding with mother giraffe

Giraffes are the tallest mammals on earth. But, just how tall are they? And, what about newborn giraffes? Understanding the height of these animals can help you understand how humans compare, too.

Here’s why:

How Tall is a Newborn Giraffe?

Compared to their mothers they might seem small, but a newborn giraffe is about six feet tall (1.8 meters)! 

Are Giraffes the Tallest Animals?

Giraffes are the tallest mammals on earth, while humans don’t even rank within the top ten tallest animals. The female giraffe can stand up to 14 feet (4.3 meters) and the males up to 18 feet tall (5.5 meters). Female giraffes can weigh up to 1,500 pounds (680 kg) and a male can weigh 3,000 pounds (1360 kg). Most of a giraffe’s’ height comes, of course, from their neck and legs, which are each six feet long (1.8 meters). With their legs being taller than the average adult male, it allows giraffes to reach speeds of over 37 miles (59.5 km) per hour. 

Giraffes and humans have the same number of vertebrae in their necks. However, a giraffe’s vertebrae can be over 10 inches long!  It is incredible to think that an animal that stretches over 18 feet into the sky can have similar anatomy to humans, but alas, giraffes’ necks are usually about six feet tall.

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The Average Height of a Giraffe Vs. a Human

If you were to place a human baby and a newborn giraffe side-by-side, you might notice that not only are giraffe newborns more than three times taller than their human counterparts at birth, but the newborn giraffe would actually be closer in height to the baby’s adult father.

Let’s find out a bit more in actual numbers:  

How Tall is the Average Newborn Giraffe?

The average newborn giraffe is about six feet tall (1.8 meters). A baby giraffe can grow almost one inch (2.5 cm) every day for the first week. By the first year of their lives, baby giraffes are double the height they were when they were born, quickly becoming 12 feet (3.6 meters) tall! 

How Tall is the Average Newborn Baby?

The average newborn baby born at full-term is between 19 and 20 inches long (48-50 cm). While baby giraffes’ height can soar in the first week of their lives, that is not the case for humans. Human babies typically grow about .5 to 1 inch each month for their first six months of their lives. But, once both humans and giraffes reach adulthood and are fully grown, their height differences in terms of ratio remain the same. 

How Does My Height Compare to a Newborn Giraffe?

If you go into a child’s bedroom, you might see a height chart that resembles a giraffe. And, as giraffe’s are the tallest land animals on earth, it’s no wonder we “look up” to them. We tried the height percentile calculator for a newborn giraffe, and it’s already off the charts. So, how do you measure up to these massive mammals?

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