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Reticulated or Somali Giraffe ~ Giraffa camelopardalis (Linnaeus, 1758)

This baby giraffe is only one month old. Her older sister, of one year old loves on him and picks on him constantly. Since big sister was eating leaves, baby brother was following the leader. I don’t think he was eating many leaves, mostly practicing for later.

Giraffes are vegetarians and will feed on spiny or thorny plants which they handle easily with a prehensile upper lip and very long, prehensile tongue. They eat leaves from high in the tops of various deciduous and evergreen trees and also some shrubs. A favorite, acacia leaves, are full of water, enabling giraffes to go a long time without drinking.

Baby giraffes nurse for about a year but begin eating leaves at about four months. They stay close to their mothers for the first few weeks, but after that, many mother giraffes leave their calves in sort of a babysitting co-op: one mother babysits while the others go out to eat. This “giraffe nursery” is called a creche.

Sometimes the baby is even left alone for a while. When that happens, the little guy just sits quietly and waits for mom to come back. I watched as this baby giraffe’s mother walked away, and the baby just stood their quietly like a statue until mother came back.

The ancient Romans called this animal “Camelopardalis” which meant “A camel marked like a leopard”.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Giraffidae
Genus: Giraffa
Species: G. camelopardalis
Binomial name: Giraffa camelopardalis (Linnaeus, 1758)


  • Rosie Appleton
    Rosie Appletonabout 6 years ago

    Aww cute… love giraffes :-) where was this one?

  • Thank you, Rosie! This is the new addition to the giraffe family at the Memphis Zoo. He is adorable!

    – Lisa G. Putman

  • Rosie Appleton
    Rosie Appletonabout 6 years ago

    ha, a little far to travel for me to see him :-( never mind!!

  • Too bad I can’t afford to send you a plane ticket, I’d say come on over for a visit…LOL…

    – Lisa G. Putman

  • mrscarlotta
    mrscarlottaabout 6 years ago

    How gorgeous is this, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Nancy Polanski
    Nancy Polanskiabout 6 years ago

    This is so adorable! I must make it a Favorite!!

  • Melissa Park
    Melissa Parkabout 6 years ago

    So beautiful!!!!! well done!

  • SilverVisionz
    SilverVisionzabout 6 years ago

    Oh Nancy I adore the collage for this…simply beautiful work!

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottabout 6 years ago

    superb, photos, wonderful composite

  • redrosedigital
    redrosedigitalabout 6 years ago

    Just gorgeous! The composite approach really works well here.

  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareeabout 6 years ago

    Fantastic Lisa. Well done

  • Squealia
    Squealiaabout 6 years ago

    lovely captures

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