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.