The biggest way the giraffe’s neck comes in handy is for reaching the sweet, new leaves at the top of the trees, there is always competition for food in the bush and the long neck gives the giraffe an advantage above other animals. This is very helpful when there is little food available, for instance in times of drought and bad weather.

This added length also helps against predators, because the giraffe is so big and tall they are often left alone by predators.

Another important use for the long giraffe neck is fighting amongst males which is called ‘necking’. Male giraffes swing their long necks and use their strong heads and horns as clubs.