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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Zoo animals, Giraffas [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-02 23:56
Viewed: 3583
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture was taken at the Living Desert Zoo in Palm Desert, California.

Reticulated Giraffe
Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata

What does it look like?
From 14-18 feet tall and weighs 1,750 -2,800 pounds. Although a giraffe is very tall, like humans, it has only seven neck vertebrae. Its long neck allows the giraffe to reach food high up in the trees. Its long tail is used to swat insects away. Long eyelashes and closeable nostrils protect against blowing sand. Upper lip acts like a finger to pull on tree branches while eating. The tongue, which can be up to 18 inches long, helps in eating. Hooves are the size of dinner plates. To drink, giraffes must splay their legs or kneel. Most giraffes are tan with irregular dark brown spots. The reticulated giraffe is tan with white markings. A giraffe’s spots are like fingerprints; each is unique pattern.

Giraffes originally came from many different parts of Africa, mainly south of the Sahara, but today most can be found in national parks or game preserves. The reticulated giraffe can be found in northeastern Kenya.

Social Life
Male ranges are fairly stable with the dominant bull establishing his place among males by neck sparring. Female ranges are less stable, though females usually return to the same calving areas each year and males join the females occasionally. Gestation is approximately 15 months. There is only one calf (baby giraffe) born at a time. The cow (female giraffe) will nurse the calf for 9-10 months. A cow can bear her first calf at 5 years of age. A giraffe can live as long as 28 years and will stay in the same general area, which is about 29 square miles, for most of its life.

Lions are the only animals that will attack an adult giraffe. Lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and crocodiles can kill young or weak giraffes and the survival rate of young is low. Although giraffes are protected from poachers, some still kill for their tails that are used to make bracelets and string. The hides can be used for shields.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-03 3:31]

Belle et amusante composition photographique bien réalisée pour cette girafe gourmande qui n'a pas le cou assez long ;-) Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Funny & Well Done !

Funny shot Manyee. Reminds me of a child taking fruit from the neighbours tree. Crisp clear shot of this majestic creature. Thanks

Great shot Manyee. The giraffe looks like someone reaching for the last piece of cake at a party all the while hoping that no-one else is watching ;). You are absolutely right, "Yummy!" is written all over its face *grin*. I like it :)

The shrub is always tastier on the other side of the fence, in this case it seems.
Great moment and capture, Manyee. Brought a smile to my face. Thank you for sharing it.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-04 6:08]

Hello Manyee,

This is a very funny shot. The details are sharp, the colors are great (I like the blue sky), POV is great. Really well done & TFS!


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  • Pedda Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
  • [2005-05-07 14:09]

Well, sometimes the grass IS greener on the other side ;-) It’s a funny and great picture that I like a lot

I really like the colours and composition in this picture.

Great note as well.

Thanks for sharing.

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2005-05-14 10:10]

Humour? may be. i think there is not enough green food in his house... Nice shot at the good moment.

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  • carle (104)
  • [2005-05-26 8:56]

What a great shot Manyee.
The balance in colors is really good - the blue sky, the green leaves, the rocks colors and textures. This all helps make the giraffe's colors really stand out. The giraffe looks a little out of focus around the eyes - not much but enough that it's noticeable.
I really like it.

Funny photo & funny title Manyee ! i like the clear details & sharpness, colours and light are great, very well composed !

Congratulations !


Hi Manyee,

A very nice picture of a bull Giraffe. Your focus is perfect, and you captured it well, catching it in the act of lusting after the greenery on the other side of its enclosure. A very nice picture. TFS.


Great picture Manyee, congratulations.


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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-06-18 22:10]

What a lovely shot. Nice capture. great colors and very good detail. Not to mention the funny look on his face. :) Very sweet

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