By Taken by fir0002 | Canon 20D + Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L (Own work) [GFDL 1.2 (], via Wikimedia Commons Researchers at the University of Vienna are studying vocalizations from giraffes. They captured recordings of the animals "humming" during the night at local zoos. Zookeepers were surprised to learn the animals made such noises as they are not heard during the day. Researcher Dr. Angela Stöger remarked to the New Scientist, "I was fascinated, because these signals have a very interesting sound and have a complex…
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Gemina (pronunced Gem eee na) the Crocket Neck Giraffe died for reasons unrelated to her neck. We prefer to remember Gemina in life rather than as, well, a dead giraffe. Details of her death are here.
The one on the right: Photos by GTL. Location: Pilanesberg, South Africa
The photo I posted yesterday of a male Gerenuk (Litocranius walleri) has prompted some discussion about other long-necked artiodactyls, especially the living representatives of the family Giraffidae. Although the family once contained more members (like the oddly-ornamented Sivatherium), only the Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) and the Okapi (Okapia johnstoni) are extant. Pictured above is a female Okapi at the Bronx Zoo, the distinction between the sexes being easily distinguished as the female lacks the skin-covered protrusions made of ossified cartilage known as "ossicones" that are…
tags: fighting giraffes, streaming video Below the fold is some astonishing footage of wild giraffes fighting. It gets quite vicious at times. Filmed on safari in Tanzania.