Female Giraffes Essay

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Giraffe Herds Female giraffes associate in groups of a dozen or so members, occasionally including a few younger males. Male giraffes tend to live in bachelor herds, with older males often leading solitary lives. A individual giraffe can join or leave the herd at any time and for no particular reason.

Because giraffes are so widely scattered, it may seem that they do not keep in contact with each other, however, this is not true. A giraffes keen eyesight means they can keep an eye on their neighbours even at a distance.

Female giraffes spend just over half a 24 hour day browsing, male giraffes spend less time doing this – about 43% of the time that the female does. Night is mostly spent lying down ruminating, especially in the hours after
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They will play with each other, interacting to try to find out who is the strongest and thus the most dominant in the group. They often engage in battles called necking. They are over within a couple of minutes and no one is seriously injured. However, it is similar to humans having an arm wrestling contest to see who is the stronger party.
Social Structure of Giraffes
Herd of giraffes in african savanna, Namibia
Mature males will leave that herd and generally spend the rest of their lives alone except when it is time for mating to take place. A very strong adult male will have the privileged of mating with an entire herd of giraffes and not just one in it. This is a type of socialization habit that occurs often within a group setting where the male is dominant. However, it is very rare when the male comes in for mating and then leaves again.

For the most part giraffes aren’t territorial. Males will become that way when they want to mate in order to keep other males away from the females they plan to court and then to mate with. They can become more territorial though when there is less food and they have to fight to keep their herds

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