T please Nyack.
How about an E??
May I have an "S" please
Welcome back, Brenda!
T, E, S
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T, E, S, I
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How about an "N" please
T, E, S, I, N, R
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I love this one! Reticulated Giraffe.
Stop Slaughtering Giraffes
The Somali Giraffe, or more commonly known as Reticulated Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata), is a subspecies of giraffe native to Somalia, northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia. Reticulated giraffes can interbreed with other giraffe subspecies in captivity or if they come into contact with populations of other subspecies in the wild.
The reticulated giraffe is among the most well-known of the nine giraffe subspecies, and together with the Rothschild giraffe it is by far the giraffe most commonly seen in zoos. Its coat consists of large, polygonal liver-colored spots outlined by a network of bright white lines. The blocks may sometimes appear deep red and may also cover the legs. The extraordinary height of giraffes is attributed to a ritual known as "necking" where two males fight for reproduction rights by slamming their necks into one another. The giraffes with the tallest and strongest necks are victorious and allowed to reproduce, thus passing these genes on to future generations.
Giraffe are found in Africa on game preserves and wildlife parks. They are hardly found in the wild due to poaching and over development by humans. Giraffe are typically found in all parts of Africa, except North Africa. The vegetation is too sparse and the land is too heavily populated to accommodate giraffe. Giraffe prefer the open savannas, but do sometimes venture into wooded areas. They can easily camouflage by hiding between trees.
Reticulated giraffe are herbivorous, since they eat mostly plants, although giraffe have been seen eating the carcass of an antelope. A giraffe’s favorite snack is the acacia bushes and trees that frequent the African landscape. While these leaves are preferred, a giraffe will munch on many other kinds of vegetation. Giraffe food preferences change according to seasons: in the dry season, they seem to be fine with pine like needles. Giraffe feed by browsing, which typically means they eat continuously throughout the day. A male is able to eat 75 pounds of food in a single day. Giraffe use their sense of smell to locate the leaves they want. They ingest everything on the branch when eating, including insects, bark, and thorns. The giraffe uses its massive tongue (up to eighteen inches long) to scrape off the leaf. Giraffe have very tough lips to guard against scratching. While the acacia tree is their favorite, giraffe have also been known to eat mareola berries and other fruits. Giraffe have become intoxicated off the mareola berry, since it ferments in their stomach. Reticulated giraffe are ruminants, just like cows and other ungulates. As explained in Stattler’s Giraffes, The Sentinels of the Savannah, the giraffe stomach has four parts, with food passing through the first and water going directly to the second. The first stomach partially digests the twigs, leaves, and whatever else the giraffe has ingested whole. During the day, when the animal is not feeding, parts of this fermented mixture are brought back up from the stomach in hard lumps. Giraffe chew on these lumps, called cud, throughout the day, helping to further break the food down. Once they are done chewing on the piece of cud, it is sent to the third stomach, and finally the fourth stomach to be digested fully.
Giraffe are very good at conserving water in the hot African climate. Giraffe are able to conserve and maintain their body temperature in part because of their shape- their long thin legs allow heat to release quickly. The leaves they eat are actually a good source of water, and can allow them to go days without a drink. Giraffe have a difficult time lowering their massive heads to the ground to drink, and this also leaves them vulnerable to predators. They are able to bend down by spreading their front legs and stretching their neck down.
PREDITORS AND THREATS
Due to their formidable size and ability to spot danger, giraffe have very few predators. Unless a giraffe is a newborn, sleeping, or drinking, they are not targeted as food. Giraffe have been killed by lions and crocodiles. Humans are one very real threat to giraffe, although efforts are being made to help conserve them. Giraffe are killed by poachers for their hair and skin. Giraffe have very thick, sturdy hair that is highly sought after for bracelets and rope. Some villages in Sudan legally serve giraffe meat. Currently, there are about 100,000 giraffe roaming Africa, although some subspecies are almost completely gone, with fewer than 100 individuals. Giraffe have to deal with the Tsetse fly, which land on them and suck blood. Tsetse flies are also carriers of sleeping sickness, a dangerous disease to humans. Giraffe can use their powerful tails to swat the flies and get some relief from the pest. Giraffe have a symbiotic relationship with a few types of birds, most notably the oxpecker. These small birds perch on the backs of giraffe, and alert them to possible predators. Oxpeckers also eat mites and dirt off the giraffe, keeping them clean. However, the oxpecker can irritate other wounds by pecking at them, too. Epidemics have also affected giraffe. The worst one, according to scientist Anne Dagg, was rinderpest, which killed hundreds of giraffe in the 1880s. The epidemic continues to arise in small bursts; one in the 1960s wiped out half of the giraffe population of Kenya.
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Thanks Nyack, signed petition.
So angry about these hunting trips. I will never understand why people want to kill animals.
Thank you so much Nyack. So gladly signed the petition along with a few others on the sight while I was there. This Blood Shed sport needs to be stopped with a world wide effect to save God's animals and the beauty He gace us to enjoy of them.
Well Brenda is definitely back!
Interesting name for a giraffe - Jon nice to see you here as well. Semms whenever I get here the game is done - but that's OK..
Nyack - love how you put a petition/news with the answer - don't butn yourself out..... BTW - signed.
Signed petition and noted all the Information Nyack Congratulations Brenda
Congratulations Brenda Noted information and already signed petetion...Thanx Nyack