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The Giraffe Personality

Portrait of a Giraffe Personality

Giraffes are graceful, well-groomed individuals who move with confidence and elegance found only in the big game animals. Michael Jordan is a typical giraffe. Tall, good-looking, and successful, he stands heads and shoulders above the rest of the animal kingdom. In full stride, giraffes look like they're flying -- their long legs pumping as they gallop effortlessly through life.

The Source of the Giraffe Personality's Confidence

Giraffes are not arrogant but have an extraordinary need to be the center of attention. Although their highly visible frames make them somewhat self-conscious, they would never dream of hiding their height by stooping. Even though they might capitalize on their size they perpetually worry about what other people think, knowing that they're an easy target for jealous backbiters.

Since most of the giraffe's self-confidence is the product of its physical stature, it is fastidious about its appearance. A giraffe's tastes in consumer goods are refined and expensive, leaning toward Armani and Mercedes.

A Little Vain?

Giraffes prefer to spend personal time shopping or showing off the latest fashions and enjoy being the center of attention. Their aloof behavior is designed to enhance their image, and they certainly could be accused of being too self-conscious.

Even so, giraffes have little need for worldly goods other than personal possessions that serve to enhance their prestige. They have a definite taste for quality and would rather own a few prized possessions than anything else. Their ambitions are limited to having a comfortable living environment, close friends, and universal admiration. Their living spaces tend to be untidy, large apartment or sparsely furnished loft being the giraffe's preferred living environment.

When and if they work, giraffes are able to make a good living with their physical attributes alone. This makes them well suited to be models or dancers. Their heightened aesthetic sense makes giraffes a natural for the creative arts, including writing and acting, and as athletes they have no equal.

Intellectually, giraffes are no owls, but then they've never had to rely on their wits to compete in life. Instead, their graceful presence and charm have provided them with a serene and gentle passage. When necessary though, they display a sharp wit and have an engaging sense of humor.

Giraffes in the Wild

The tallest animal in the world, the giraffe tops out at eighteen feet. Living in herds with casual social structures, the females and their offspring live separately from groups of males.

The thirteenth-century Arabic writings of Zakariya al-Qaswini declared, "The giraffe is produced by the camel mare, the male hyena, and the wild cow," and the mystique surrounding the giraffe persists to this day.

Some observers that giraffes never sleep, although it's probable that they do —- for about thirty minutes a day. Another puzzle surrounding the giraffe is its unusually large voice box. For a long time it was believed that giraffes were mute, and naturalists are still unsure why such a large voice system rarely gets used.

Careers & Hobbies


Love & Friendship

Giraffes are archetypal romantics. Candlelit dinners with classical music and a bottle of French wine make it go weak at the knees. And suitors are in for an agreeable surprise when they first encounter the giraffe's prehensile tongue.

But like everything else in their lives, giraffes are awfully picky about their lovers and would never dream of stooping below their station. So although they don't have many choices when it comes to marriage, elephants, bison, and rhinos are always delighted to have a giraffe on their arms.

As a member of the cloven hoof society, the obvious choices for long-term unions would be one of the large ungulate personalities including the zebra, horse, hippo and deer. With a shared love of the outdoors and common distaste for small bothersome animals, they all spend hours strolling about and chewing the cud. But, the ideal mate for the giraffe is the splendid sable. This proud animal is a perfect match for the picky giraffe and the resulting union is powerful and enduring.

This isn't to say that a giraffe is incapable of a carnivorous love affair. In fact, some sterling friendships result when a giraffe gets together with a wildcat, wolf or otter. But even with this high level of mutual respect and powerful sexual attractions, long-term marriages rarely succeed.

Best Mates for a Giraffe



An understanding friendship


Long-term possibilities


Big game!



Positive vibes


A precious relationship


A potent couple





Mutual devotion



Animal Matchmaker

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Famous Giraffe Personalities

Gisele Bundchen

Portrait of Gisele Bundchen

It's easy to identify a giraffe personality when it's a tall, good-looking, leggy blonde. But it also has to come with a particular breed of confidence that super-model Gisele is famous for.


Portrait of RuPaul

Actor Ru Paul made his name by playing drag queens and achieved international fame with the hit song Supermodel. Tall and spectacular-looking, RuPaul is the quintessential giraffe.

Michael Jordan

Portrait of Michael Jordan

The NBA is full of lanky and rangy men -- but very few of them are giraffes. What makes Michael Jordan different? His comfort with his size and his unexpected agility. Oh. And his slam-dunk.