Pick a Word for March: Corniculate

Masai Giraffe

Masi Giraffe, Male, Masi Mara, Kenya

The Masai giraffe, also called Kilimanjaro giraffe, is the largest and tallest of the nine giraffe subspecies. It is native to East Africa and is found in central and southern Kenya and in Tanzania. Its distinctive jagged patches extend down the limbs to the hooves. Males have darker patches than females and the color difference increases with age; the dominant males have the darkest pattern. Adult males can reach a height of 19.5 feet and females can reach between 16 and 18 feet, making it the tallest land animal on earth.

A giraffe is the only animal born with horns. Both male and female giraffes are born with two horn-like structures, called ossicones, made of hard cartilage atop their heads. At birth, the ossicones are covered in skin and a fine layer of hair. The male’s ossicones are typically rounded at the top and bald;  the female’s ossicones are usually thinner and have a tuft of hair on the ends. Males develop an extra bump on the forehead.

Join Paula at Lost in Translation for Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in March – Y4: Corniculate

OWPC: Giraffe

Who’s Watching Whom?

Who’s Watching Whom, giraffes in Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

Fun fact: male giraffes have more male on male sex than male on female sex. They could be banned or worse in many states and countries.

OWPC: Giraffe

 

 

Sunday Stills: Legs

It’s All About The Legs

All Legs

Giraffe at lodge watering hole in Etosha National Park, Namibia.

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Legs

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Roads

Ease On Down The Road

A leisurely stroll down the road.

A leisurely stroll down the road. Letting the humans know who rules the roads in Etosha National Park, Namibia.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Roads

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