Giraffe facts

Giraffes are one of the tallest and most fascinating terrestrial animals in the world, with their long necks and slender legs making them majestic creatures.

Their origin dates back between 600,000 and 800,000 years, with the current species surviving among other existing varieties.

They belong to the Giraffidae family, along with their closest relative, the okapi, and are mainly found in the savannas and open forests of Africa, where they roam in search of their favorite food: acacia leaves.

If you choose Kenya, Tanzania, or Uganda as your destination to experience volunteering, you can go on a safari during your free time and enjoy seeing them in the wild.

Today we will share some characteristics and facts about giraffes.

There are different types of giraffes, divided into four categories:

‘Giraffa Camelopardalis’ and subspecies:

  • Nubian Giraffe: Found in eastern South Sudan and southwestern Ethiopia. It is estimated that about 250 individuals live in the wild.
  • Kordofan Giraffe: Located in southern Chad, northern Cameroon, the Central African Republic, and northeastern Congo. About 3,000 individuals are estimated to live in the wild.
  • West African Giraffe (Nigerian Giraffe): Endemic to southwestern Niger. It is estimated that about 220 individuals live in the wild.
  • Rothschild Giraffe (Ugandan Giraffe): Found in Uganda and Kenya. It is estimated that about 700 individuals live in the wild, and more than 450 in captivity in zoos.

‘Giraffa reticulata’:

Also known as the Somali giraffe, it is native to northeastern Kenya, southern Ethiopia, and Somalia. It is estimated that about 5,000 individuals live in the wild.

‘Giraffa tippelskirchi’:

  • Masai Giraffe (Kilimanjaro Giraffe): Inhabits central and southern Kenya and Tanzania. Approximately 40,000 individuals are estimated to remain in the wild.
  • Thornicroft Giraffe (Zambian Giraffe): Limited to the Luangwa Valley in Zambia. It is estimated that 15,000 individuals remain in the wild.

‘Giraffa giraffa’:

  • South African Giraffe: Found in northern South Africa, southern Botswana, southern Zimbabwe, and southwestern Mozambique. About 12,000 individuals are estimated to remain in the wild.
  • Angolan Giraffe: Found in northern Namibia, southwestern Zambia, Botswana, and western Zimbabwe. It is estimated that about 20,000 individuals remain in the wild.

These are some of the interesting facts about these animals:

A giraffe’s neck can measure up to two meters in length. Although it appears disproportionate, it contains the same number of cervical vertebrae as a human neck: seven. These vertebrae are much longer, allowing the giraffe to reach the high branches of trees.

Giraffes are distinguished by their spotted coat, which varies in pattern and color according to the subspecies, providing effective camouflage in their environment.

They are social animals that form small groups known as “towers.” These groups are fluid and can change composition frequently. Males often engage in ritualized combats called “necking,” where they strike each other with their necks and heads to establish dominance and access to females.

Giraffes’ feeding habits are fascinating. Thanks to their prehensile tongue, which can measure up to 50 centimeters, they can pluck leaves from thorny branches without injuring themselves. Their diet consists mainly of leaves, shoots, and fruits, and they can consume up to 34 kilograms of vegetation per day.

Giraffes are preyed upon by lions, hyenas, and crocodiles. However, their greatest threat is habitat loss and poaching, leading to population declines in some areas. Currently, giraffes are classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Giraffes typically sleep little, around four and a half hours a day, divided into short sleep periods of 5 to 30 minutes. Although they do not follow a strict sleep pattern, they take advantage of the darkest hours to sleep.

These animals do not consume much water as they obtain it from the plants and fruits they eat. In fact, they can go up to two weeks without drinking water (depending on the conditions and environment).These are some of the curiosities that make these animals so special.

If you want to experience seeing them in their natural habitat, we recommend embarking on this adventure.

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Our volunteers will be able to validate university credits with the aim of traveling in a more responsible and economical way.

What does volunteering focused on university practices involve?

At Cooperating Volunteers, we make agreements with different universities to validate university credits with the aim of traveling in a more responsible and economical way.

The specialties we work with are extensive: medical volunteering, nursing, education, social work, psychology, physiotherapy, engineering, architecture…

The practices can be carried out in our designated destinations for this purpose, as well as in Spain.

If you choose an international destination, it’s a unique way to live an unforgettable and enriching experience, as you will have the opportunity to continue your education in another country, with a completely different culture.

Stepping out of our comfort zone and being part of the various projects at the destination will allow us to grow both personally and professionally, creating a more extensive curriculum.

And we are fully convinced that this experience will accompany you throughout your life.

You will be able to visit hospitals, schools, centers, orphanages, and participate directly and actively in the daily lives of all those people at the destination, always accompanied by other professionals willing to collaborate hand in hand with you and guide you in daily tasks.

If your university is not part of the agreement with Cooperating Volunteers, you can contact so that we can get in touch and make this experience a reality. 


Corporate volunteering consists of tailored programs for your company, designed to develop teamwork skills.

It is proven that teamwork directly impacts productivity. 

Collective effort surpasses individual capabilities, promotes diversity of skills, stimulates creativity, and facilitates problem-solving in the face of various challenges.

Therefore, it not only maximizes efficiency but also enriches the work environment.

We conduct corporate volunteering programs that consist of customized programs for your company, designed to develop teamwork skills, improve performance, and foster unity among employees.

We tailor projects to the corporate identity and size of the company, and we can adjust them to any destination and time of the year.

The advantages of corporate volunteering include:

  • Improving communication.
  • Group unity.
  • Cultural integration in different situations.
  • Employee training.
  • Increased Corporate Social Responsibility.

The future is aligned with a more responsible society, and participating in social projects positions our company among the list of revolutionary businesses that want to be part of the change.

If you resonate with this message, corporate volunteering is a unique experience both individually and collectively, and at Cooperating Volunteers, we accompany you throughout the process to make it a unique journey.


Quality time spent with family strengthens emotional bonds, promotes communication, and contributes to the emotional well-being of its members. 

Spending quality time with family and being able to disconnect from our hectic routines is not only enriching but also necessary.

Sometimes we forget to communicate, connect, and dedicate time to each other. Each one of us lives focused on our jobs, schools… And it’s necessary to find the opportunity to pause and take care of ourselves.

Quality time spent with family strengthens emotional bonds, promotes communication, and contributes to the emotional well-being of its members. And of course, it creates lifelong positive memories.

At Cooperating Volunteers, we suggest moving away from those ‘more superficial’ trips (which can also be fantastic), but we invite you to live this experience to bring out our most empathetic and humanitarian side.

Family volunteering gives us the opportunity to be part of a positive impact, promoting values of solidarity and social responsibility.

There are many families who choose to experience these trips focused on cooperation and direct involvement with different communities around the world, where living conditions are very different and sometimes entirely precarious.

Projects are tailored to different ages, allowing us to work together.

An incredible way to fill our suitcase with memories, learning, and knowledge.

And although stepping out of our comfort zone often feels daunting, we assure you firsthand that it’s worth it.

At Cooperating Volunteers, we accompany you throughout the entire experience, from start to finish, to make it unforgettable.


At Cooperating Volunteers, we believe it’s never too late for anything, especially for volunteering and living a unique and unforgettable experience.

There are many people, increasingly so, who opt for responsible travel that involves social work.

Accustomed to organized and mostly touristic trips, at Cooperating Volunteers, we want to advocate for a more enriching experience, one that transforms us from within and allows us to be part of the change the world needs to see.

We can adapt both the destination and the duration of our projects to fit your needs.

It’s an opportunity full of emotions that allows us to significantly contribute to different communities and their evolution. And you can participate in different areas such as education, social support, or assistance in different centers.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Sense of purpose: Provides a sense of purpose by contributing your skills and experiences to meaningful causes.
  • Emotional well-being: Reduces feelings of isolation and establishes social connections.
  • Personal development: It’s continuous learning, skill development, and discovering new activities while keeping the mind-body active.
  • Physical health: Keeping active.
  • Stress reduction: The act of helping others reduces stress and contributes to mental health.

Living this experience will undoubtedly be a before and after. 


A volunteering initiative with leadership and impact through the educational action program.

When we talk about social volunteering, we refer to all those actions and activities carried out altruistically, selflessly, and with the aim of addressing multiple problems and needs of different communities, always focused on education and self-sufficiency.

Education is essential because it provides the tools and knowledge necessary for personal, social, and economic development.

Our goal is to create self-sufficient communities and provide opportunities for the future personal development of each member. The message is not to ‘give’, but to accompany in the process of training for self-managed provision.

At Cooperating Volunteers, many of our destinations and projects embrace this type of volunteering. Some of our projects include: community programs, education, women’s empowerment…

And although they are completely different from each other, they share a single objective: progress towards a society that can embrace us all in the same way.

If you are someone who is restless, who needs to see a change in the future, volunteering is an experience tailor-made for you.