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My favourite wild animal!
Latin name: Giraffa Camelopardalis
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The giraffe is the tallest animal in the world, attaining a height of 5.5m, its incredibly long neck accounting for much of its height. The long neck has resulted in a complex blood circulatory system, which is not yet fully understood by zoologists. Adult males generally reach a height of about 5 metres and females about 4,5 metres. Big males can weigh a massive 1 200 kilograms while females usually weigh some 800 to 900 kilograms. Their skin colour is tan with light brown patches on females and dark brown patches on males. Both males and females have short horns covered in skin.

Weight (Female): 800 kg
Weight (Male): 1 200 kg
Gestation Period :15 months
No of Young:1 calf (exceptionally 2)
Sexual Maturity: 4, 5 years
Birth Weight:102 kg
Order:Artiodactyla
Family :Giraffidae
Running Speed:55 km/h
Breeding:
A single young is born anytime during the year after a gestation period of about 15 months.

Canon PowerShot S51S
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Kruger National Park, South Africa

The Giraffe
(Don Mulford )

Giraffes are lucky they’re so tall;
They make us humans feel so small.
They simply look down on us all.
Those elegant giraffes.

They’ll eat the leaves from topmost bough,
Which only lengthy necks allow,
Then graze between their feet somehow.
Those picturesque giraffes.

But one thing we can not ignore;
I’ve thought of this oft times before.
How dreadful if their throats got sore!
Those lengthy necked giraffes.

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giraffe, tall, mammal, animal, wild, game reserve, kruger national park, south africa, nature, elizabeth kendall

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Comments

  • rjheller1150
    rjheller1150over 3 years ago

    Beautiful….to be so close to beauty…..perfection!

  • Thanks Rick, glad you enjoyed!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 3 years ago

    Fantastic captue Elizabeth great presentation

  • Thanks Maggie, also for the fav, I’m honoured!
    ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanover 3 years ago

    #What a marvelous shot!!! Superb!! Exquisite!!!!

  • Oooh! Thank you Barb, glad you enjoyed it so much! Have a lovely day!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • S .
    S .over 3 years ago

    stunning work !

  • Thanks so much Shoaib!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture, perfect title!

  • Thank you very much Angie!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

    Brilliant work, love the tones!
    1 Day 2011/02/26 limit 20

  • Thanks a million Magaret!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Olitto
    Olittoover 3 years ago

    Pragtige foto, Elizabeth. Ek geniet dit so om na hulle te kyk waar hulle vrylik rondwandel in die wild.

  • Baie dankie Olitto, ek ook! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 3 years ago

    Wow, a beautiful pic Liz! gorgeous sunset (or were you just up very early?!)

  • Thanks so much Maree! Early bird! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonover 3 years ago

    wonderful Elizabeth! love the rich tones! take care, Linda

  • Thank you Linda, much appreciated!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Rina Greeff
    Rina Greeffover 3 years ago

    Pragtige foto van die langnekke!

  • Baie dankie Rina!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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