Giraffe by DariaKlepikova

The giraffe’s scattered range extends from Chad in the north to South Africa in the south, and from Niger in the west to Somalia in the east. Giraffes usually inhabit savannas, grasslands, and open woodlands. Their primary food source is acacia leaves, which they browse at heights most other herbivores cannot reach. Giraffes are preyed on by lions; their calves are also targeted by leopards, spotted hyenas, and African wild dogs. Adult giraffes do not have strong social bonds, though they do gather in loose aggregations if they happen to be moving in the same general direction. Males establish social hierarchies through “necking”, which are combat bouts where the neck is used as a weapon. Dominant males gain mating access to females, which bear the sole responsibility for raising the young.

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Natural Frame by morkelerasmus

I have just returned from a week in London to attend the gala awards of the BBC/NHM Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards. What an amazing privilege to be among the awarded photographers (only 100 out of 42,000 entries are awarded). This photo of mine is an awarded finalist in the “Black & White” category, and is also featured on the cover of the annual portfolio book!

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