They May Give You Eyelash Envy
Where to see them
Giraffe’s once ranged all over Africa but with habitats shrinking, human wildlife conflict, war and disease, giraffes are increasingly concentrated into specific reserves in East and Southern Africa. If you’re wondering where to go in Africa to see them, better choose the kind of destination where they are famously abundant: Giraffe Manor in Kenya, a sanctuary for Rothschild giraffe’s, Etosha National Park, Namibia is classic giraffe country, Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania is so jam packed with giraffe that it’s affectionately known as Giraffic Park, and the Okavango Delta, Botswana, a freshwater wetland home to large numbers of giraffe.
Giraffe’s are the tallest living land mammal in the world, no two giraffes have the same coat pattern, female giraffes give birth standing up and their offspring can run within a few hour’s of being born, giraffe’s don’t drink much water maybe once every few days, getting most of their water from plants, adult giraffes rarely sleep, taking quick 5-20 minute naps at a time.
How to help
Giraffe as a species have been listed as “Vulnerable”. Giraffe are an important icon of Africa (and the world) and as such are a key tourism attraction and an economic draw for Africa. Like many other wildlife in Africa, habitat loss, habitat degradation, coupled with human population growth and illegal hunting (poaching) have plummeted their numbers by 40% in the past three decades.