The Giraffe of Timbavati Wildlife Park
Greetings friends and welcome to this week’s blog post. We hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving and a kick off to the shopping season. If you’re looking for a cool animal themed gift you can stop in at our gift shop any day at 11AM and 1PM. Those are also the start times of the two Timbavati Encounters that we run daily. This week we’re walking over to the Grasslands Area to take a look at our giraffes.
We actually have our giraffes available seven days a week on our VIP Behind The Scenes Tours. Giraffes are natives of Africa. The giraffe as you all recall is the tallest animal on the planet. The giraffe is an herbivore. It loves the acacia tree leaves. The giraffe doesn’t drink a lot of water, it gets most of its hydration from the leaves that it eats. It only needs to drink once every few days. We’re talking about 100 pounds of plants a day here.
Giraffes Make A Tower
A group of giraffes is referred to as a tower. Towers typically have 12-15 members. To assert dominance and hierarchy within the tower males or bulls will engage in necking. Necking is when they crash their heads and necks into each other in what appears to be a fight. Rarely is anyone hurt in this event and it ends with one bull choosing to walk away in defeat.
Now a giraffe can be as big as 18 feet tall. It also can run at speeds up to 35 miles an hour but only for short distances. Females give birth standing up and the baby enters the world with a solid drop. Within 30 minutes the calves can stand and are running within hours. LOL they grow up so fast.
If you want more cool giraffe facts watch this week’s video. For more awesome animal facts about other cute critters visit the blog area of our website. Enjoy your week and remember we have two encounters that start daily at 11am and 1pm. Enter through the gift shop! Thanks and we will see you in the park!