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

Canon EOS 30D DSLR; 70-200 mm IS f/2.8 L

What a sweet giraffe kiss. I love to watch how affectionate this baby brother and his big sister are with one another. The baby boy will seem to hate being picked on, but the minute she stops licking on him, he is reaching up to lick on her. They are so sweet together.

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)

Tags

acacia, africa, camelopardalis, ethiopia, giraffa, kenya, kids art, lisa g putman, reticulated giraffe, somali

Comments

  • redrosedigital
    redrosedigitalalmost 6 years ago

    This is just darling, Lisa!! The composition and clarity are exceptional.

  • Eyeleen
    Eyeleenalmost 6 years ago

    This is so adorable, the colors and details are fantastic! hugs :-)

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottalmost 6 years ago

    beautiful moment, fantastic photography Lisa

  • Jing3011
    Jing3011almost 6 years ago

    calming and loving

  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareealmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful image Lisa.

  • Laurel
    Laurelalmost 6 years ago

    Great Image!

  • Gary L   Suddath
    Gary L Suddathalmost 6 years ago

    ah how sweet,great job of captureing the moment,isolation works great too.

  • Mary  Lane
    Mary Lanealmost 6 years ago

    Awwwww… That is SO sweet. Nice job.

  • dc witmer
    dc witmeralmost 6 years ago

    super detail, fantastic shot

  • roseduggan
    rosedugganalmost 6 years ago

    So sweet !! :))

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