The tallest land animal is the giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis). Giraffes are known for their long necks and towering height. Adult giraffes typically reach heights of 14 to 18 feet (4.3 to 5.5 meters) tall, although exceptional individuals have been recorded to surpass these measurements. The neck of a giraffe alone can measure up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) in length. Their height is primarily due to their long legs and neck, allowing them to reach vegetation in tall trees that other herbivores cannot access. Giraffes have distinctively patterned coats and are native to the savannahs and woodlands of Africa.