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Giraffriday! (lemmy.world)

Every Masai giraffe has a unique and distinct spot pattern, much like human fingerprints, which can be used to identify individuals. Researchers and conservationists often use these patterns to monitor the movements and behaviours of individual giraffes in the wild. The Masai giraffe, in particular, is undergoing a silent crisis...

Guess Who's Back at the Riverside Buffet? Kunene's Leaf-ing No Snack Behind! (lemmy.world)

This community’s adoptee, Kunene, has been spotted by the Hoanib River, and it’s quite the sight! Unfazed by the attention, she’s engrossed in her snack, savoring the lush leaves on the riverbank. For anyone lucky enough to witness, her tranquil behavior is genuinely captivating.

Wild Revelation: First-Ever Spotless Giraffe Spotted IN THE WILD! 🦒 (lemmy.world)

Weeks following the birth of a spotless giraffe in a Tennessee zoo, another spotless calf was spotted and photographed in the wild at the Mount Etjo Safari Lodge in Namibia. This sighting was the first of its kind in the wild. Sara Ferguson from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation regards the two sightings as a coincidence,...

Giraffriday! (lemmy.world)

Young giraffes, especially those still reliant on their mothers for milk, will often be found in what’s known as “nursery groups.” When a group of female giraffes moves around to forage for food, they’ll often leave their calves together in these nursery groups. It’s a bit like a day-care system for giraffes....

A Newborn Giraffe Raises Neck-spectations in Ohio (lemmy.world)

Heads up, or rather necks up, from The Wilds (a conservation center in Cumberland, Ohio): a new giraffe calf has strutted onto the scene. This latest addition marks the 22nd giraffe birth at the center. Proud mother, Savannah, isn’t a first-timer, this being her seventh calf, and the dad, Raha, has certainly left his mark,...

Stretching Friendships: The Dynamic Social Circles of Giraffes! (lemmy.world)

Giraffes are known to have a unique and fluid social structure. Unlike many animals that form fixed groups or packs, giraffes form what are called “fission-fusion” societies. This means that the composition of their groups changes frequently over time. A group might have different members in the morning than it does in the...

Tongue-Tied: How Giraffes Lick the Competition in the Savanna! (lemmy.world)

The tongue of a giraffe is quite remarkable. It can be up to 18-20 inches (45-50 cm) long and has a dark blue or purplish-black color. This dark coloration is believed to help protect the tongue from sunburn, as giraffes spend a significant amount of time with their tongues out, browsing on leaves. The tongue’s length and...

Stripes and Spots: Nature's Barcode for Zebras and Giraffes (lemmy.world)

Both giraffes and zebras are native to Africa and share some habitats, particularly in savannas and open woodlands. One interesting similarity is their unique patterns. Giraffes have a distinct spotted pattern on their skin, while zebras are known for their iconic stripes. These patterns are not just for show; they serve...

Giraffes and Humans Neck and Neck in the Vertebrae Count! (lemmy.world)

One astonishing fact about giraffes that many people might not know is that they have the same number of neck vertebrae as humans. Despite their long necks, giraffes only have seven cervical vertebrae, the same number as humans and most other mammals. However, each of these vertebrae in giraffes can be up to 10 inches (25 cm)...

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