Giraffe

(Latin = Giraffa camelopardalis, Afrikaans = Kameelperd, Tswana = Thutlwa)

  • Numbers: Very high
  • Weight: 703 – 1395 kg (1547 – 3069 lb.)
  • Shoulder height: 272 – 347 cm (109 – 139 in.)
  • Pregnancy time: 457 days
  • Calf quantity: 1 or sometimes, 2

 

Appearance

The Giraffe is the tallest land animal. It has an extremely long neck and legs. Adult males generally reach a height of about 5m and females about 4.5m. Both males and females have short horns covered in skin.

 

Diet

Because of their very long necks, Giraffes are able to feed on the foliage of trees that is not accessible to other herbivores. The long tongue is used to pull pods and leaves into the mouth which is then stripped from the stems with the incisor teeth.

 

Breeding

They have a gestation period of 457 days where after a single calf is born.

 

Hunting

When hunting giraffe, the approach is very. They have exceptionally keen eyesight and acute hearing, all of this, combined with his height, definitely give the advantage to him and not the hunter. The giraffe has thick, tough skin and will require the same bullet selection as the elephant. While the faster 7mm’s are legal, the 9.3mm and .375 H&H are the best. The 40 calibers will be even more effective.

 

Resources

www.krugerpark.co.za

www.wikipedia.org

www.africanskyhunting.co.za