Scientific name:

Giraffa Camelopardalis

 

What makes it special:

They have the ability to close their nostrils to protect themselves from ants and sand storms. They also have an extremely thick coat which allows it to run through the wild without being punctured by thorns and tree branches.

 

Recommended caliber:

The recommended caliber is 30-06 caliber, 375, 300 WM 

Giraffe hunting - facts and hunting tips

The color of the hide usually darkens over the years, you are therefore able to tell its age by looking at the color of the coat.

A few hours after birth the young ones are indistinguishable from a week old offspring.

Hunting method

Though they generally don’t get spooked by humans, they do sense danger and run, using their long legs to reach high speeds.

The best placement of the shot is around the chest area where the heart and lungs are located. Placement of the shot in the neck is ill advised as wounded giraffes can still run for miles and you can end up spending your whole day trying to find your kill.

Recommended distance for shooting a giraffe is 30 to 50 yards.

Walking and stalking requires a lot of patience, these gentle animals are a lot harder to take down than they might appear.

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Appearance

The giraffe has a distinctive long neck and long legs. However it has a relatively short body length, even if the tail length is included.

It has a unique pattering with white coloration incorporated with its brown fur.

They have small horns that are made out of calcium deposits. They have bulging eyes and a great eye vision that is complemented by its long neck, being able to spot predators from a far.

They have a purple black colored tongue which protects the tongue from sun rays as it uses it to pick leaves to eat. 

 

Habitat

They prefer dry, semi dry tropical areas that are dominated by acacia trees. They also comfortably inhabit savanna grasslands and woodland areas.

 

Diet

Leaves from bushes and trees, preferably from acacia trees.

 

Predators

Though it is relatively difficult to prey on the giraffe, some that has succeeded include lions, leopards, spotted hyenas and wild dogs.

 

Life cycle

They have a gestation period of 15 months. The females mature sexually at the age of four. The males mature one year later at the age of five, however due to hierarchy dominance battles they typically first get a chance to mate after the age of seven. In the wild, they have a life span of twenty five years, and can live up to thirty years in captivity. 

 

Behavior

Giraffe bulls are anti-social animals living in solitude rather than forming groups. They sometimes form temporary groups if they are moving in the same direction, but they will split up afterwards.

The mothers form nurseries in what is known as calving pools and they often leave the young ones with another females while foraging for food.

They establish a mating hierarchy through necking, meaning that the neck and legs are used as fighting tools. The necking process involves rubbing and leaning against each other’s necks.

Though it seems as a civil fighting way, serious injuries have been reported with broken jaws, broken necks and sometimes even death.

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Animal Facts

Weight

Males: 830-1363 kilograms.

Females: 636-863 kilograms.

 

Shoulder height

Male: 2-3 meters

Female: 1,8-2,7 meters

 

Habitat

Dry, semi dry tropical areas, savanna grassland and woodland areas

 

Diet

Leaves from bushes and trees

 

Predators

Lions, leopards, spotted hyenas and wild dogs

 

Life cycle

Lifespan: about 25 years

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