The giraffe is the tallest land animal in the world. It has a yellowish colored coat dappled with brown, and an extremely long neck. Although its body looks long and thin, the giraffe is very heavy, and weighs about the same as an elephant, hippopotamus or rhinoceros. Most people think giraffes are slow runners, but they can actually reach speeds of up to 60km/h. Giraffes feed mainly on leaves, which they pick from the branches of tall trees with their tongues. They are docile creatures, but their hooves have a powerful kick which means we should keep our distance.