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Camelopard. The camelopard or giraffe, a genus of ruminant animals, family Cervidae. The only known species, Camelopardalis girafa, is a native of several parts of Africa, living in forests, and feeding on the leaves of trees. It has two straight horns, without branches, about eight inches long, covered with hair, truncated at the end, and tufted. The shoulders are of such a length as to render the fore part of the animal much higher than the hind part. The neck is very long, the head slender and elegant, and the color of the body of a dusky white, with large rusty spots. It is mild and inoffensive, and in case of danger has recourse to flight for safety, but when obliged to stand on self-defense it kicks its adversary.