Roaming the plains and woodlands of the African savannahs, the Giraffe is best known for its long neck and signature spotted fur. They spend most of their day eating up to 45kg of leaves from the acacia tree and others plants. These leafy meals also provide most of the water they need to survive so they only appear at the neighborhood watering hole once every few days.

Reticulated Giraffe_PortraitGroups of giraffes are called towers. They are extremely social and like to travel together. The males, also known as bulls, like to show who is more manly by butting their heads and necks together. Humans aren’t the only species to enjoy the sport of necking.

Being the tallest mammals on Earth, the female giraffe gives birth standing up. The babies get a rude awakening when they are dropped up the 1.5 meters to the ground. They bounce back though and are on their feet within 30 minutes of giving birth.

The numbers of giraffes living in the wild had dropped 40% in the last 15 years. The main reason for this is habitat loss and, in some areas, poaching had become a larger issue. If you would like to help the giraffe and other living creatures, check out the website for the World Wildlife Fund. The WWF works around the world the fight the effects of climate change and to help conserve animals and their habitats.

Reticulated Giraffe_Landscape

Prints of these drawings are available on my Etsy page. I donate $5 from the sale of each drawing to the WWF. I also donate part of the proceeds from my animal drawing series. If you venture to my Etsy page, be sure to check it out.

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