Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

A Giraffe is drinking water in the desert’s vastness at a waterhole in this fine art black and white photograph. The Giraffe has to bend over and spread her legs to reach the water surface with her mouth.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 8 October, 2021

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D Mark III and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Exposure time: 1/3200s
  • ISO: 800
  • Focal Length: 600mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 3226 by 4500 pixels (WxH).

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A thirsty Giraffe is drinking at the edge of the desert at a watering hole in this black and white fine art photograph. A Giraffe has to spread its front legs quite far to reach the water with the mouth. Drinking water makes a giraffe quite vulnerable to predators. When a giraffe’s head comes up, that usually happens quite fast. Some giraffes even clap their legs together to stand right away correctly again.⁠ This female had a calf. When both animals arrived at the waterhole, they kept their distance. A lion pride was lurking on the other side of the water. Both giraffes were exceptionally cautious, and it took them about 40 – 45 minutes until the adult animal finally was drinking. Also, the calf did not even dare to get close to the water.

What Do You Know About Giraffes?

  • Is the long neck of Giraffes too short to reach the ground? Indeed, it is. Who would have guessed that?
  • How long is a Giraffe’s neck? It is about 1.8 meters / 6 feet long.
  • Do Giraffes have the same coat patterns? No, it is basically like our human fingerprints.
  • Have Giraffes already extinct in some African countries? Yes, indeed, they have extinct in 7 African countries.
  • How large is the diameter of a Giraffe’s foot? It is about 30 cm / 11 inches, as large as your dinner plate!
  • How long is a Giraffe’s tongue? It can be between 45 – 50cm / 17 – 20 inches long.

Furthermore, in many places in Africa including in South Africa, human-made waterholes are the only source for animals to get water in the arid African Savannah.

The Giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis, is in the category vulnerable on the IUCN red list.⁠

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1 comment for Giraffe Drinking Water In The Desert’s Vastness

  1. Hanneke

    Looking so vulnerable, beautiful picture Anette

    • Anette Mossbacher

      While drinking all giraffes are vulnerable.
      Thank you very much, Hanneke.
      Cheers Anette

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