Food Chain

What Eats A Giraffe?

A Large Giraffe
What Eats A Giraffe? Photo: Hans Hilawaert

What eats giraffes?

What does a giraffe eat?

Baby giraffes can be killed and eaten by hyenas. But the only animal that will kill and eat an adult giraffe is a lion.

However, lions do not often tackle giraffes because they are so large. One lucky kick by a giraffe’s long, powerful hind legs could cripple or kill a lion. So most lions prefer not to attack full-grown giraffes unless they can sneak up on it while it is bending its long neck to the ground to get a drink of water.

And, what do giraffes eat? Giraffes are browsers, which means that they eat leaves and other vegetation.

Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.
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