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Giraffa camelopardalis


The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. Its species name refers to its camel-like appearance and the patches of color on its fur. Its chief distinguishing characteristics are its extremely long neck and legs, its horn-like ossicones, and its distinctive coat patterns. It is classified under the family Giraffidae, along with its closest extant relative, the okapi. The nine subspecies are distinguished by their coat patterns.


The giraffe's scattered range extends from Chad in the north to South Africa in the south, and from Niger in the west to Somalia in the east. Giraffes usually inhabit savannas, grasslands, and open woodlands. Their primary food source is acacia leaves, which they browse at heights most other herbivores cannot reach.


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Benno Ibold
Benno Ibold 8 years ago

Thx Hema. This was just before sunset and was glowing in a warm light.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 8 years ago


Benno Ibold
Benno Ibold 9 years ago

Thx Bhagya and Adarsha.

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 9 years ago

wow!!!! nice captures uncle Ben....

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 9 years ago

Nicely photographed series Benno :)

Benno Ibold
Benno Ibold 9 years ago

Gracias, LuisaMarina.

Lo que me encanta es la tonalidad que lograste, y lo mejor es que es producto de la luz naranja del sol. Hermosa foto. Felicitaciones.

Benno Ibold
Benno Ibold 9 years ago

This photo was taken 30 min before sunset. The savannah glows in orange-red light. Yes, there was not so much to eat for them. But in the near are some other trees in a good condition.

Tiz 9 years ago

Great light from the sun, is it in the evening? Strange that the giraffes fancy the thorny acacia trees. It does not look like it is much to eat on that one :)

Benno Ibold
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Benno Ibold

Oshana Region, Namibia

Spotted on Jul 12, 2014
Submitted on Aug 6, 2014

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