Giraffes are listed as a “vulnerable” species because of poaching and habitat destruction. They are amazing to watch as they move so gracefully on those long legs. And their necks? They have the same number of neck vertebrae as we humans, seven, but each of theirs is around 10 inches long. Males can reach up to 18 feet tall and females range from 13 to 15 feet tall. Our tour was allowed into their barn where several of us, including myself, gave the giraffes some romaine lettuce leaves to eat. That long dark tongue felt “interesting” as it wrapped itself around my fingers to get the lettuce. I can now say I’ve touched a giraffe or should that be it touched me?
Outside of the barn the giraffe’s were in a fenced pasture. The fence was not a problem for taking photos as the links were wide enough that you could put your lens right though an opening with room to spare. It was in the pasture that we saw the new resident, a baby Masai giraffe born in August of this year. Giraffe’s have a gestation period of 15 months, give birth standing up (which is a 5 foot drop to the ground for the newborn) and the new baby stands 6 feet tall.