Despite its enormous height, giraffes are very fast and agile. They can gallop through grassland at 50 kilometers per hour. Due to its exceptional height, agility, speed and sight, the giraffe has few enemies in the wild other than the lion and humans.
One of the fastest chain hoists in the KITO “stable” is the single-phase ED electric chain hoist. With lifting capacities of 60 KG – 480 KG, it achieves a top speed of up to 20.1 m/min. Its nickel-plated load chain and the mechanical high-performance brake with friction clutch make it a safe and reliable helper. Due to its low weight, the ED can be used quickly and individually if required. The housing is made of aluminum and is weather and rust resistant.
As elegant as the giraffes stride through their enclosure from spring to autumn, they are not allowed outside on the site in ice and snow. They could get into trouble on the slippery ground, slip and seriously injure themselves.
In bad winter weather they prefer to stay inside in the warm giraffe house.
The giraffe house “Boma” in the ZOOM Erlebniswelt in Gelsenkirchen was built in 2015 and offers since then the possibility to observe the giraffes “at eye level”.
Giraffe bull Kito, at the very front of the picture, is not disturbed by the curious visitors during his afternoon snack.
In our mild winters, however, the giraffes are almost daily in their enclosure and spend their time in the warm spring sun outside.
Rough weather does not cause any problems for the KITO ED. With its aluminium gear housing it is weather-tight and corrosion-resistant and thus a reliable helper at temperatures between -20°C and +40°C.
In addition: Like any other KITO hoist, the load chain of the KITO ED electric chain hoist is nickel-plated. The advantages are higher corrosion-resistance and lower wear compared to traditional load chains.
Optionally, it is possible to replace the chain and the hook with stainless steel. Should the chain hoist, in its parking position, be exposed to continuous rain for a longer period of time, it is also possible to protect it with the individual rain cover made of waterproof material.
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.
Giraffes have the highest blood pressure of all animals – two times higher than humans. However, they do not suffer from it, it is even very important for them. To supply the brain with blood via the long neck, ruminants also need a particularly large heart (11 kilograms) and a network of elastic blood vessels near the brain. As the pressure rises, these can absorb blood (i.e. serve as a kind of blood collection tank) and compensate for it. Closure caps in the neck veins – in which the blood is led from the head back to the heart in a normal posture – serve to prevent backflow when the head is lowered.
The EQ electric chain hoist also has a special feature that does not harm the device but ensures greater effectiveness. No load – high speed. With up to 30% nominal load on the hook, the EQ achieves 1.3 times the lifting speed. In addition, there are no electromagnetic parts or transformers built into the EQ, which means low maintenance.