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Reticulated Giraffe

Giraffa Camelopardalis Reticulate

— Conservation Status: Near Threatened —

 
 
Reticulated Giraffe Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, August 26, 2019
1. Reticulated Giraffe Marker
Inscription.  
Reticulated giraffes are a giraffe subspecies that live in open woodlands and wooded grasslands in Somalia, northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia. There are a total of nine subspecies of giraffes that call Africa home.

Giraffes are herbivores; with a staple of Acacia, Commiphora, and Terminalia leaves in the diet. Giraffes feed by browsing, which typically means they eat continuously throughout the day. The giraffe uses its massive tongue (up to 18 inches long) to scrape off the leaves of tree branches, consuming; thorns, bark, bugs and anything else on the branch. Reticulated giraffes are ruminates, just like cattle, and their stomachs have four parts. During the day, when the animal is not feeding, giraffes chew cud, from the stomach chambers, further aiding in digestion.

Giraffes are the tallest mammal, capable of reaching 18 feet in height, and typically live about 25 years in the wild. During their lives, males tend to be nomadic, coming and going from small groups of female giraffes for mating purposes. Otherwise, male giraffes tend to prefer a bachelor life style. When males converge on accepting females, they
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will engage in a fight behavior called “necking”. This is when two male giraffes swing their massive necks, striking each other, using their horns (ossicones), to subdue and defeat their opponents.

Female giraffes have a gestation of up to 15 months. Calves are born six feet tall and weigh 220 lbs. The calves are on their feet in less than an hour, after falling seven feet from their mother during birth.

Each giraffe is born with a unique pattern on their skin. Much like a snow flake, no two giraffes are identical. The reticulated giraffe has the most colorful and unique markings of the nine subspecies.

Giraffes have very few natural predators due to their enormous size; but may fall victim to lions, hyenas, and even crocodiles. The giraffe is well equipped with a deadly kick than is capable of killing attackers. The true threat to giraffes is man. Poachers harvest giraffe for their hair, skin, and meat.

Animal Adventures welcomed giraffes in May 2015, after a 50 year absence of exhibition in Broome County. Winter months are spent in our temperature controlled barn; however, on mild days, with no snow on the ground, giraffes are allowed access to their yard to stretch their legs. Extra enrichment is provided in the colder months to mentally and physically stimulate our giraffes and further the bond between animal and keeper.
 
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April image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, August 27, 2019
2. April
Her markings include heart-shaped patches.
Animal Adventure Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Animals.
 
Location. 42° 9.279′ N, 75° 40.137′ W. Marker is in Harpursville, New York, in Broome County. Marker can be reached from Martin Hill Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 85 Martin Hill Rd, Harpursville NY 13787, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. History of Old Onaquaga Valley (approx. 2.4 miles away); Ouaquaga Bridge (approx. 2.4 miles away); Sage Creek (approx. 2.7 miles away); Robert Harpur (approx. 2.8 miles away); In Memory of "Wausaunia" Rebecca Kellogg Ashley (approx. 4.1 miles away); Windsor (approx. 5.6 miles away); Cunahunta (approx. 7.2 miles away); Mormon House Site (approx. 8.8 miles away).
 
Regarding Reticulated Giraffe. The main attraction is April, the female giraffe who became an international Internet star when her pregnancies were live streamed.
 
Also see . . .
1. Animal Adventure Park. Park homepage. (Submitted on May 26, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

2. April the giraffe. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on May 26, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
I'm ready for my close-up. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, August 26, 2019
3. I'm ready for my close-up.
April & friend with carrots image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, August 26, 2019
4. April & friend with carrots
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 18, 2023. It was originally submitted on May 26, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 558 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 26, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
 
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