Does the Giraffe Have a Voice?

Most people think the giraffe is mute. But the giraffe does have a larynx, or voice box. Compared to other animals, though, the giraffe’s larynx is not very well developed.

However, sometimes giraffes will grunt or bleat, or make other soft sounds. Giraffes in zoos have been heard to moo. Females sometimes moo when they are caring for their calves.

Baby giraffes have also been heard to make these sounds when they are hungry. But it is uncommon for giraffes to make noise, even gentle noises. Usually this animal is silent.

The giraffe is the tallest animal in the world, with males growing nearly 18 feet tall!