Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

A Giraffe photograph in B&W shows the animal’s portrait sticking out its long tongue in a funny way. These animals can also be amusing with certain behaviors they display to us.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 20 October, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a X-H1 and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Exposure time: 1/1600s
  • ISO: 800
  • Focal Length: 560mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 6000 by 4000 pixels (WxH).

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The Giraffe photograph in B&W is showing the animal sticking out its long tongue in a funny way. This Giraffe is eating from an Acacia tree just nearby. Giraffes usually enchant our sympathy through their elegance and, of course, due to their height. And maybe also the way how they walk, such a graceful walk. In other words, these animals have a beautiful and extraordinary charming charisma. However, these animals can also be amusing with certain behaviors, like in this B&W Giraffe photograph. How about the Giraffe’s tongue? Well, it is exceptionally long and has a thick layer for protection. During feeding on their favorite food, the Acacia trees, that layer protects the animal’s tongue of the long sharp thorns. Also, the Giraffes know exactly how to maneuver their tongue around the thick thorns to pull off the leaves.

A Giraffe’s Tongue Facts

  • We see the tongue on a spectrum between black, bluish, and sometimes purple.
  • The length is between 45 – 50cm / 17 – 20 inches long.
  • Due to the length, they can grasp leaves with their tongue skillfully.
  • It is a tool for aiding dexterity.
  • The tongue is high on melanin, which protects against sun rays.

The Giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis, is listed in the category vulnerable on the IUCN red list.⁠ These beautiful, charming animals have already extinct in 7 African countries.

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1 comment for Giraffe Sticking Out Its Tongue

  1. Ruth Koprek

    Absolutely love this print. Black and white was a great choice. Silly giraffe has no problems letting you know how he feels. 🤣

    • Anette Mossbacher

      You made me laugh Ruth. It seems the giraffe had fun as well. 😀
      Cheers Anette

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