Giraffes consume up to 35 kilograms of green fodder per day. The extremely peaceful animals feed on buds, shoots and grasses or, thanks to their size, eat leaves directly from the treetops.
Among their favorite plants, however, are the leaves of the umbrella acacia, which grows in many parts of Africa. Thanks to its strong, very rough tongue, thorns do not bother it either. A giraffe can stick out its 50cm long tongue when searching for food. The giraffe’s neck is also exceptionally mobile. It can turn and tilt the elongated head in search of food in amazing angles.
Stretching upwards is child’s play for the giraffe, but drinking water is a challenge. If the giraffe wants to drink from a water hole, it must slowly spread its forelegs far apart and then bend both knees to get to the water. In this uncomfortable position, the giraffe then stretches her neck as far forward as possible so that she can drink. This unfavorable posture prevents the giraffe from reacting quickly and therefore poses considerable dangers in the wild. In the herd there is therefore often a guard, who keeps the head above and with it the overview, while the other giraffes can drink in silence.
Not only the giraffe tongue is robust. KITO is the only manufacturer in the world offering electroless nickel-plated load chains. The advantages of this process are a higher corrosion resistance as well as a lower wear compared to conventional load chains. In addition, the special manufacturing process achieves a strength of 800 N/mm2 or 1,000 N/mm2. The final nickel-plated load chain belongs to grade T, series DAT (G80) as standard for electric chain hoists or grade T, series V (G100) as standard for manual hoists in accordance with standard EN 818-7.