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Dale Peterson’s text provides a natural and cultural history of the world’s tallest and second-biggest land animals, describing in detail their biology and behavior. He offers a new perspective on the giraffes’ place in our world, and argues for the stronger protection of these imposing yet endangered creatures and their elusive forest relatives, the okapis.
Some 120 stunning photographs by award-winning wildlife photographer Karl Ammann capture the grace and elegance of Giraffa camelopardalis. Both beautiful and informative, the images document giraffes’ complex interactions with each other and their environment.
The spectacle, par- clusion of a major war. Here, the triumphant Ethiopian king ticularly Caesar’s giraffe, which was “a beast half camel, half Hydaspes receives tribute from defeated enemies as well as panther.”18 Caesar climaxed that memorable presentation, un- congratulatory gifts from his friends and allies, the latter in- fortunately, with blood: sacrificing the giraffe to hungry lions cluding the Auxomites, who offered “a marvelous animal of in an arena. extraordinary.
Or five Asian species. Others of the genus moved to the south and west, crossing the Afro-Arabian landmass and passing into Ethiopia around 7 million years ago. These animals continued moving south and west and over time split into about five African species. The approximately ten species of Giraffa varied in average size, general shape, and location and orientation of their ossicones, but they were all still close enough in appearance to the surviving contemporary species, Giraffa.
Nurs- They also seemed afraid of her vehicle, which itself was very ery groups to hide from predators. They were also, during this strange. Normally, the Soysambu giraffes were unfazed by the extended period, hiding from the sun—in the tall grass, in the approach of her car; they were entirely habituated to it. shade of trees and bushes—until they were big enough to acquire the necessary body mass and, thus, thermal inertia. — The researcher stopped to watch, anticipating that the.
Female onlooker. Note the string of saliva extending from mother to young; she has been licking her newborn. The next two photos may suggest (falsely) a very young giraffe who is lost or has been abandoned. An image of what could be a giraffe “kindergarten” or “nursery group” is next, followed by a look at two youngsters in a nursery group, both trying to nibble a bit of grass. The images end with a five-photograph meditation on the difficulties and pleasures of nursing, and a final nod to the.
To speak, plus some other giraffes that come along term social preferences, she made daily surveys, five days a for a while and then move on.”6 week, in which she focused for twenty minutes on the behavior Friends? Since it is clear that giraffes recognize each other and social circumstance of each of the dozen giraffes. During as individuals, it is fair to ask if they seek out particular indi- that twenty minutes, she identified at one-minute intervals two viduals to spend time with. If.