Gosh, I am tired...
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|When I was taking photos of the Giraffe, after spending more then 45 mins waiting for them to come closer in range...I notice something very funny that I never see before (I didn't spend enough time to watch them) They walk then they turn their head around, just like they are so tired... I am not sure why they do that... anyone know? |
What type of animal? Mammal
Where does it live? Africa
What's it covered with? Fur
Natural habitat? Grassland
What does it eat? Plants
Giraffes are the tallest mammals in the world, some are up to 6m tall! They feed on browse from the tops of trees. The hair on a giraffe's tail is 10-20 times thicker than the hair on your head. Each giraffe's pattern is a unique 'fingerprint' and the dappled pattern also works as a camouflage. A newborn giraffe is 1.8m tall - about the same size as an All Black lock forward. It needs to be this tall to reach its mother's milk. A giraffe calf can stand up one hour after it is born, an All Black can't.
A giraffe's walking stride is over 4.5m. That's probably further than you can long jump. Giraffes can run up to 56km/h. A giraffe's tongue is over 45cm long and it uses it to grasp leaves. The tongue is believed to be blue-black to protect it from getting sunburnt.
As at September 2004, our herd at Giraffe Valley in Pridelands consists of a young female Rukiya, adult female Kay, adult male Zabulu, and male calf Ndale (born early August 2004).
Ndale (a Malawi word meaning prankster) is described by keepers as being full of energy and a bit of a "Houdini". "One minute he’s right there in front of you, the next he’s nowhere in sight," says Pridelands Team Leader Michael Batty.
GROWING UP...AND UP! Mother’s milk is the mainstay for a newborn calf in its first few months, though calves will also often nibble or browse. A calf is usually weaned from its mother around eight months. An adult male can grow to over five metres tall!
Auckland Zoo is one of a number of zoos contributing to a captive-bred breeding programme for giraffe (classifed by CITES as ‘Conservation Dependent’) in the Australasian region.
The above information are from here
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- [2005-06-27 7:22]
Interesting shot :)
I'd do that too if I had such a long neck.
Some animals do strange things when in captivity maybe this is one of those things.
- [2005-06-27 7:27]
Very nice post.Position of head,colors,details,lighting,framing and composition are perfect.Excellent work my friend!
Wonderful capture.Colors,DOF,framing,moment you caught and composition are superb.Thanks for sharing.
Beautiful and interesting post! Good POV, colors, DOF and details ! It is so lovely:)
Thanks for sharing.
Well captured Sweety,
Excellent colours, crystal clear detail, good sharpness.
Great composition, Excellent pose.
Thanks for posting, have a good week.
- [2005-06-27 14:16]
Sweety, I'm starting to afraid! Why did you kick this poor giraffe so hard that its neck bowed back??? ;-) You are very brute girl! Naughty! But I bet Janice would like it :-) You know - she likes strong women with pans ;-)))
- [2005-06-27 14:50]
An excellent capture!
Superb colours and detail,nice lighting and great DOF.
I didnt know giraffes did yoga :))
Very well done.
Now this was worth the wait, Sweety! I have honestly never seen a giraffe do this; can't imagine why they would as it looks so uncomfortable.
Great focus and color.
- [2005-06-30 4:42]
Hi Sweety, sorry I missed this. Good shot, was there a carrot dangling over his head? Or maybe just doing his stretching exercises. Good one, I like it...