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Giraffa camelopardalis

Giraffa camelopardalis
Photo Information
Copyright: Lucas Aguilar (laguilar) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 63] (213)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Olympus Camedia C-765 UZ
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-09-14 4:10
Viewed: 5303
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
The GIRAFFE is characterized by the extraordinary length of his neck, by his broke discharges and for presenting the very sloping line of the back. This length of the neck and the height of the legs do of the giraffe the highest and also, proportionally, the most short of all the mammals.

Nowadays the giraffe has an area of geographical very fragmentary dispersion, being in some regions to the south of the Sahara, from Nubia up to the river Orange, eastwards, and up to Nigeria and Angola on the West.

In these places he lives the steppes in which there are trees and bushes, and almost one never finds her in mountainous places. Itis in the habit of living in herds individual from ten to fifteen, but there where it has the safety of being able to defend from his enemies it gets together in much more numerous groups. Ruminant these, in general they walk with calm and majestic step, and at the same time with many grace, because they move at the par both legs of the same side; on the other hand in the career they lose all his elegance. When he flees, the giraffe places the tail on the loin.

When it wants to go to bed, it begins for resting on the flexible joint of the front legs, then it gathers and doubles the later ones and, finally, it rests on the soil with the breast, as the camel does it. His dream is ligerísimo and lasts little; it can be several days without sleeping, or, as maximum, rests from foot.

Due to his physical characters, the giraffe is a slightly suitable animal to graze the herb; on the other hand it reaches with the major facility, the leaves of the trees: for it she uses of the language, extremely movably and with the one that manages to catch up to the tiniest things.

The giraffes feed principally of branches, leaves and yolks of spoilt, though also they like the leaves of the climbing plants that, in great number, cover the trees of the African forests. When it is nourished by fresh and juicy food it can remain a lot of time without water, but in the epochs of drought it crosses several kilometres to water in the swampy lagoons or in the pools.

As for the reproduction of these animals, the observations done in different zoological gardens demonstrate that the matching takes place in March or at the beginning of April, and the childbirth in May or June of the following year, that is to say, after a gestation that ranges between 420 and 450 days. When the small one comes to the world, it remains immobile during a minute, approximately, and then it begins to breathe; after half an hour it tries to get up and little later it approaches, giving stumbles, to the mother. At ten o'clock of the birth it runs already throughout.

From the "La Reserva Natural Castillo de las Guardas"

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This is beautiful. I love how the background is another neck!

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