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Giraffa camelopardalis


Growing to a height between 16 and 20 feet tall, the giraffe is the tallest living terrestrial animal. It's tongue is approximately 20 inches long and is primarily used for stripping leaves from branches. The color of the tongue (which is bluish-black) is thought to aid in the prevention of sunburn.


Originally from Africa.


Taken at the Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum

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Jimmie 7 years ago


Instead of "say cheese!", it's more like "say leaves!" : D

Jimmie 7 years ago

I had been to that exhibit once before after the completion of the platform, which puts you about eye level with them. That time they didn't seem all that interested, staying close to the far side of the paddock, but this time they were very active!

LarsKorb 7 years ago

great :)

Jeannette 7 years ago

Cute :)

cormoros75 7 years ago

Great series....

BennySiam 7 years ago

I like the different perspectives that you offer in these wonderful shots of this magnificent creature. I really love all of the photos you took!

KarenL 7 years ago

Amazing tongue!

Jimmie 7 years ago

@Goody: You are right, a completely new perspective! I'm glad they added it to the exhibit. It definitely made for some more interesting shots!

Aaron_G 7 years ago

The view from the new deck is much different than shooting from down on the ground. Great shots, Jimmie.

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Giraffes have such long tongues!

CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

What a fun series!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 7 years ago

Wonderful series!

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Lat: 36.21, Long: -95.91

Spotted on Jan 23, 2012
Submitted on Jan 24, 2012

Spotted for mission


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