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Giraffe

Giraffes can be seen in Namibia in many parts, in the north of Damaraland and particularly well in the Etosha National Park, and it is always an enchanting sight to watch these big animals wandering through the bush with their gracefully swinging stride almost like in slow moton.

Giraffes are the tallest of all land animals. Grown-up bulls reach a height of almost six metres with a shoulder height of over three metres. They are tree browsers and spend almost all day tearing twigs and leaves off the trees. Their food of choice is the foliage of thorn acacias. To drink water, giraffes have to spread their front legs wide apart. In this position they often become the prey of lions, while in a normal upright position they can defend themselves against them quite well by kicking with their long legs.

Game Parks: Giraffes occur in the Etosha National Park, in the Kaokoveld and in many private game reserves and game farms, also near Windhoek.

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