Giraffic Park, Moremi National Park, Botswana

This herd was a bit more timid, Moremi National Park, Botswana

This herd of giraffes was a bit timider, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Despite their size, giraffes are quite timid and easily spooked.

Roaming the savanna, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Roaming the savanna, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Males often roam by themselves, whilst smaller groups contain out of a few females with their offspring. After about 15 months of pregnancy, the mother gives birth. Within an hour, the young calf is able to walk and follow the herd. Male juveniles stay within a group until they are old enough to either leave or are abandoned.

Ears down, relaxed mode, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Ears down, relaxed mode, Moremi National Park, Botswana

A giraffe’s ears pointing upwards signal awareness, ears down shows relaxed mode. This herd was highly entertaining to watch.

Close up caption, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Close up, Moremi National Park, Botswana

They exhibit highly sociable behaviour, an interesting fact I have never seen before. 

Double vision, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Double vision, Moremi National Park, Botswana

This is the first time I was able to observe the herd dynamics at this close range for a fair period of time.

Safe regathering, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Safe regathering, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Once this herd of 4 adults and one very young offspring spotted me and classified me as not dangerous, it was giraffe life as usual.

Friendly regrouping, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Friendly regrouping, Moremi National Park, Botswana

The young one emerged from bushes as tall as him and was friendly greeted by mom.

Oh look, a zebra!, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Oh look, a zebra!, Moremi National Park, Botswana

“Look, there’s an oversized Zebra!” Say the giraffes on seeing my car.

Your Aunty will look after you!, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Your Aunty will look after you!, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Mom quickly disappeared to the other side of the track and left another giraffe, with noticeable darker patterns in charge.

Sneaking up, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Sneaking up, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Whether she was a sister or possibly attracted to the other two adult giraffes wasn’t quite clear.

Clearly relaxed, Botswana, Moremi National Park

Clearly relaxed, Botswana, Moremi National Park

Clear was that she showed a lot of attention to the same aged and in height males.

Mirror image, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Mirror image, Moremi National Park, Botswana

These two restored the pecking order with each other, giraffe style.

Double header, Moremi National Park, Botswana

The doubleheader, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Giraffes use their neck to fight. These two giraffes necks were swung in a great pendulum,  then like a sledgehammer, they hit, using the horns on the head to strike the other one’s body. Ouch!

Move like a butterfly, sting like a bee, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Move like a butterfly, sting like a bee, Moremi National Park, Botswana

I heard the impact noise, standing not too far away.

Boys will be boys, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Boys will be boys, Moremi National Park, Botswana

The impact sent shock waves throughout the neck.

Visible wounds, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Visible wounds, Moremi National Park, Botswana

The wound can be seen on some photos.

Reshuffle, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Reshuffle, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Shortly after, peace was restored and they rejoined the darker female.

Ready? Let’s start, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Ready? Let’s start, Moremi National Park, Botswana

This was a rather amusing gathering to watch.

Walk like an Egyptian, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Walk like an Egyptian, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Back and forth, walking like an Egyptian.

Don’t trust that Zebra, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Don’t trust that Zebra, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Meanwhile, the youngest seemed intrigued by Zimba or was looking for its mom. 

Longneck Unicorn, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Longneck Unicorn, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Like a well-shaved unicorn, it stood not far from me. How cute is this?

Let’s check it put, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Let’s check it put, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Mom in charge kept a good eye out on what this youngster is up too. Eventually, one by one crossed the 2 wheel track to rejoin with ‘mother’.

Thorn by my side, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Thorn by my side, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Even though, not everyone was too sure about me,

Shadow play against the sun, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Shadowplay against the sun, Moremi National Park, Botswana

the leaves up high in the tree seem to be tastiest. 

Shade is hard to find for Giraffes, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Shade is hard to find for Giraffes, Moremi National Park, Botswana

This lone male was feeding on higher leaves as well.

Flight invaders, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Flight invaders, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Only giraffes can reach these leaves for obvious reasons.

Peace for a moment, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Peace for a moment, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Fortunately, but very annoying, he entered the de-bug cleaning station.

No more..., Moremi National Park, Botswana

No more…, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Every now and then, he shook the cleaning birds off, only for them to land on a different spot.

Artistic flight manoeuvres, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Artistic flight maneuvers, Moremi National Park, Botswana

He clearly wasn’t impressed. Giraffes are most vulnerable when they bend down to eat or drink. Up to 35 lt per session will last them for a good week.

Moving towards me, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Moving towards me, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Having this giraffe moving towards me to bend down for some grass, shows how contained these animals are around humans.

All four spread, Moremi National Park, Botswana

All four spread, Moremi National Park, Botswana

I have not seen a giraffe eating grass before.

Getting up not so easy, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Getting up not so easy, Moremi National Park, Botswana

It looks like an unstable construction.

A little curious, Moremi National Park, Botswana

A little curious, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Another loner stood right on the sand track to feed on leaves the off the spiky acacia trees. Aware, but without a care in the world, he kept on carefully selecting his menu. Incredible to watch.

Close up caption, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Eating acacia leaves, Moremi National Park, Botswana

He was almost too close for my zoom. I really did enjoy watching this, the tallest animal in the world at ‘Moremi Giraffic Park’. 

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