HUGS - THE GIRAFFE - kameelperd

Magriet Meintjes

TOLWE, South Africa

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CAPTURED LOCATION: Groeland Safari’s, Tolwe, Limpopo Province, SOUTH AFRICA

CAMERA: Nikon D50
Lenz: Sigma 30-700mmD

DESCRIPTION: Shoulder Height: 5-6m Mass: Up to 1 270kg
GESTATION: 15 MONTHS; single calf, occasionally twins; breads year round.
Both sexes have horns. The cow’s horns turn inwards and are well tufted.
It is a gregarious animal with a keen sense of smell and good hearing and sight. It is capable of moving at speeds of up to 50km/h.
It feeds during the day and at night.
The giraffe is preyed upon by lion despite the fact that it is capable of delivering a fearful kick which could easily kill a lion.
In spite of being extremely long, there are only seven vertebrate in a giraffe’s neck – as found in other mammals.
It is a silent animal, occasionally uttering grunts and moans.

DIET: A browser, known to graze seaonally in some areas. Not dependent on water; stays for long periods in waterless areas.

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