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Thursday, September 9, 2010
How's The Weather Up There?
The name "Giraffe" comes from the Arabiczarafa, meaning creature of grace and one that walks safely. Their Afrikaans name iskameelperdwhich, literally translated, means 'camel horse'.
There are about 2500 Giraffe in Namibia, about 1400 of them in the Etosha National Park. The sub-species found here is Giraffa camelopardalis angolensis.
A female chewing on a mouthful of leaves.
Giraffe browse mainly off the top trees but will also occasionally graze on fresh sprouting grasses.
The short 'horns' are bony outgrowths covered by skin, the tops covered with black hair - in females the entire top of the horn is tufted, while in males it is bald with hair around the circumference of the knob.
Giraffe drink water when it is available but, are not dependent on it, as they are able to obtain their moisture from the plants that they eat.