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GIRAFFE

IDENTIFICATION: Unmistakable long neck and legs. Light brown patches on yellowish to white background. Both sexes have two short hair covered horns on the head. With age, male horns become thicker and slightly balled on top.

DISTRIBUTION: Southern Africa.

HABITAT: Occurs in a variety of plant habitats. Found in dry types of woodland, from low shrub land to fairly dense woodland. An important requirement is the presence of a variety of thorn trees. Avoids dense bush. Independent of water.

HABITS: Browser. Mainly diurnal. Rests standing or lying down during the heat of the day with its head held upright. Sleeps with the head bending backwards against the body. Gregarious with loose associations, individuals wander between herds. Herds consist of females and their young, but there are also herds consisting of males, females and
young. Although most adult males go single, younger males form bachelor herds that have a hierarchy. Males fight using their heads and necks to slam into one another.

INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: Extremely agile and very fast when one considers the Giraffes sheer size. A very tough animal to bring down unless an opportunity of a clean brain shot presents itself. The heart/lung shot is much higher up on the shoulder than expected; hunters should always consider the angle of the shot due to the height of the Giraffe.

  • Ave Age of Mature Bulls: 10 Years
  • Ave Weight of Mature Bulls: +/- 3500 Pounds
  • Hunting Permit Required: Hunting License
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