Top 10 Tallest Animals in the World

We humans belong to the tallest beings in the world, but *spoiler alert*, on average we certainly aren’t tall enough to make it to the Top 10 (although some individuals certainly would have made the list) . The Top 10 is based on the standing height of the animals, so whales by definition are excluded. As the ranking only includes living animals, don’t expect any dinosaurs either. Read on to find out which animals exactly are currently the tallest beings on this planet.

Note: For the Ranking of the Top 10 Heaviest Animals in the world, click here.

10 tallest animals (terrestial):

Up to 6 meters / 19.7 feet
Up to 4 meters / 13.1 feet
Up to 3.7 meters / 12.1 feet
Up to 3.6 meters / 11.8 feet
Up to 3.5 meters / 11.5 feet
Up to 3.4 meters / 11.3 feet
Up to 3.2 meters / 10.5 feet
Up to 3.0 meters / 9.8 feet
Up to 2.8 meters / 9.2 feet
Up to 2.3 meters / 7.6 feet

1. Giraffe

Standing Height: Up to 6 meters / 20 feet
Natural Habitat: Sub-Saharan Africa

Unsurprisingly, the giraffe is the world’s tallest living animal by standing height. Male giraffes can measure up to 6 meters or almost 20 feet, but with a height of up to 5.2 meters or 17 feet, female giraffes are also taller than any other terrestial animals, male or female. The natural habitat of the giraffe includes various regions all over sub-Saharan Africa.

2. African Elephant

large african elephant

Standing Height: Up to 4 meters / 13 feet
Natural Habitat: Sub-Saharan Africa

With a standing height of up to 4 meters or around 13 feet, the (male) African elephant follows at second place. The African elephant is not to be confused with the Indian elephant, which is considerably smaller in height. Needless to say, the African elephant calls Africa, especially the Southern half of the continent, its natural home.

3. Siberian Tiger

Amazing trust between a big Tiger and a man.

Standing Height: Up to 3.7 meters / 12 feet
Natural Habitat: Southeastern Siberia (Southeastern Russia)

You might be surprised to see a tiger coming at third place, but it’s true: Standing on two feet, a (male) Siberian tiger can reach a height of up to 3.7 meters or around 12 feet. This not only makes the Siberian tiger the tallest tiger, but also the tallest of all cats. Unfortunately, there aren’t many Siberian tigers left these days. But their natural habitat is in, obviously, Siberia, more specifically on the Southeastern most edge of Siberia and Russia.

4. Liger

Standing Height: Up to 3.6 meters / 11.8 feet
Natural Habitat: None

Whenever a male lion loves a female tiger and reproduces with her, a liger is born. This hybrid offspring can practically grow to be as tall as the Siberian tiger. Male ligers reach heights of up to 3.6 meters or 11.8 feet. There are no known instances of ligers living in the wild, meaning they can exclusively be seen in various zoos or safari parks around the world.

5. Polar Bear

Standing Height: 3.5 meters / 11.5 feet
Natural Habitat: Arctic Circle (Greenland, Northern Russia, Northern Canada)

All types of bears generally belong to the tallest living terrestrial animals, but the Polar bear is the tallest bear of them all. Male adult polar bears can measure up to 3.5 meters or around 11.5 feet. By nature, polar bears exclusively live within the Arctic Circle which includes Greenland as well as parts of Canada and Russia.

6. Indian Elephant

View of Elephant in Water

Standing Height: Up to 3.4 meters / 11.3 feet
Natural habitat: South Asia (primarily India) & Southeast Asia

7. Bengal Tiger

Bengal Tiger, Tiger, Tierwelt, Tier, Wild, Säugetier

Standing Height: Up to 3.2 meters / 10.5 feet
Natural habitat: South Asia (primarily India)

8. Grizzly Bear

Bär, Grizzly, Grizzlybär, Säugetier, Tier, Bären, Brown

Standing Height: Up to 3 meters / 9.8 feet
Natural habitat: North America (primarily Canada)

9. Ostrich

Strauß, Afrika, Vogel, Strauße, Feder, Safari, Tierwelt

Standing Height: Up to 2.8 meters / 9.2 feet
Natural habitat: Sub-Saharan Africa

10. Moose

Elch, Wald, Natur, Liegen, Geweih, Männlich, Schweden

Standing Height: Up to 2.3 meters or 7.6 feet
Natural habitat: Northern Europe, Eastern Europe, parts of Central Europe as well as North America (primarily Canada)

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