A PROUD MOTHER in the Wild by Magaret Meintjes
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LOCATION CAPTURED: GROENLAND GAME LODGE, Tolwe, Limpopo Province, South Africa

GIRAFFE – Giraffa camelopardalis

This is the tallest animal on earth, growing up to about 5 metres. The tallest recorded, an exceptional animal from Kenya, measured nearly six metres. The ‘horns’ or sub-conical ossicones are topped with black hair and look like knobs. There is sometimes a smaller ‘horn’ or knob, between the two ‘horns’. They have stiff bristle-like manes. extending from the top of the head between the horns to the top of the shoulders. The extraordinary neck has seven elongated vertebrae, the same number as has man. Special valves in the carotid artery and jugular vein prevent flooding or evacuation of blood from the skull when the head is either lowered or raised.
Their preferred habitat is bushy or open scrubby plains with acacia trees, which is their favoured food. They are not generally associated with open plains. They will drink if water is available but this is not essential as they appear to be able to subsist on water from their food plants.
Giraffe are predominantly diurnal, but will also move and feed after dark. They rest in the hottest part of the day, sometimes with the head resting in the fork of a tree.
Social structure is not strong and bulls wander from one herd to another and leadership appears to be loose, with no apparent established hierarchy. Although they are docile, they will defend themselves stoutly against their main predator, the lion. They have been known to kill a lion by a sharp forward chop of their forelegs. Smaller predators than lion will try and take their young.
The males spar in the mating season with characteristic swinging of their necks against each other, butting with the horns and using the head as a club. This is the probable reason for the male’s larger head and horns. These fights are rarely serious and little damage is done. One calf is born, rarely twins.
Food: Almost exclusively browsers, they eat a wide variety of leaves and twigs. Acacias are preferred and have proved to have a high degree of protein. They will eat newly sprouted grass and will eagerly eat mineralised soil or even gnaw on bones for the mineral content

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Comments

  • Dennis Stewart
    Dennis Stewartalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful shot…outstanding. SO majestic looking.

  • Thank you so much for your kind comment Dennis ! take care!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Ginger  Barritt
    Ginger Barrittalmost 6 years ago

    You are so much fun to watch……I never know what your next wonderful shot is going to be. I’m never disappointed and always delighted….This is extraordinary!

  • Thank you so much Ginger for yet another very kind comment, you really are so sweet ! xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...almost 6 years ago

    beauty of a shot mags, well done,dawnx

  • Thank you my dear friend, take care xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • emmy2
    emmy2almost 6 years ago

    Beautiful capture. You are so lucky to see these in the wild!

  • Thank you Vics, don’t think I could live any other way! hug xxxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Rosie Appleton
    Rosie Appletonalmost 6 years ago

    Lovely photo :-)

  • Thank you so much Rosie xxxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • pat oubridge
    pat oubridgealmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic capture mags

  • Thank you so much dear friend xxxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • vlblair
    vlblairalmost 6 years ago

    How wonderful!! Great capture Mags!

  • thank you so much for your kind comment vicks, really appreciate it xxxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • handprintz
    handprintzalmost 6 years ago

    They are beautiful ! wonderful capture Mags x

  • naturelover
    natureloveralmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic capture Mags- another cracking shot!!!!!

  • a~m .
    a~m .almost 6 years ago

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