Giraffe Jitters

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“The iconic giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), one of the world’s most recognizable animals and the tallest land mammal, has moved from ‘Least Concern’ to ‘Vulnerable’ in the newly released International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Widespread across southern and eastern Africa, with smaller isolated populations in west and central Africa, new population surveys estimate an overall 36-40% decline…”-as posted at GiraffeConservation.org (December 8, 2016).

Giraffes induce wonder for me. When I look into their eyes, they seem so sweet. Their long eye lashes make me jealous. Their black tongues (textured like sandpaper) freak me out. Seated, they remind me of sea serpents. They emanate integrity. Giraffes seem to move with stately elegance, but I did see a giraffe stumble once. The specter of extinction could give anyone the jitters. 

Here are some photos of the majestic giraffe taken over the years.

 

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