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I came upon this family of Giraffes eating together in the Caprivi Strip. Only when you see a whole group of Giraffes (known as a tower) do you realise just how graceful they actually are. They are the tallest living land animal with males growing up to 5.5 metres (18 feet) tall and weighing up to 1,300 kilograms (3,000 pounds). Now that?s big! They also have the shortest sleep patterns of any mammal ? just 10 minutes to 2 hours a night. They drink, very carefully, huge amounts of water so that they can range over large dry areas. Males sometimes use their long necks for ?necking? which is a form of combat and can even be fatal. They can be found all across Africa, but you will rarely see more than 1 or 2 at a time. I just got lucky here.

Website: http://www.awf.org/content/wildlife/detail/giraffe

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  • Updated Apr 6, 2008
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