Today I’m hosting a great shot of giraffe in Tsavo West National Park taken by Anita Sane from The Sane Travel Blog.
Anita is a mature career woman from Latvia, travelling mostly solo for more than 10 years now. She is an experienced travel planner, preparing and executing all her travels by herself.
Photo Story: Giraffes of Tsavo West National Park
I find giraffes being the most awe-inspiring creatures on the earth. Their long necks, majestic stance, and pretty features make them almost surreal.
Giraffes are an iconic animal of Africa’s savannah and loved symbols of the beauty of nature.
While in Kenya you have lots of opportunities to see giraffes starting with Nairobi Giraffe Centre where you can touch and feed them and also in a wild in national parks and game reserves.
When visiting Tsavo West National Park you can see many giraffes in a beautiful landscape setting like this one thoughtfully looking at the sunset coloured sky.
The giraffe’s tall neck like other animals has only seven vertebrae. A giraffe’s heart weights up to 11 kilograms to pump blood up a neck of almost two meters and beats up to 170 times per minute, double the speed of a human heart.
Giraffes look thin because they are very tall, but an adult male can weigh up to 1600 kilograms.
Their diverse diet is entirely made up of vegetation including twigs, seasonal fruits, flowers, and Acacia leaves. Their food has water in it so they can go for several days without drinking.
Calm looking giraffes can run up to almost 60 kilometres per hour outrunning most horses.
The scientific name of giraffe “Camelopardalis” comes from their tall structure and leopard-like pattern.
Like the human fingerprint, each giraffe has its own unique spot pattern. Giraffes in Tsavo West National park belong to Masai giraffe species, distinguished by jagged spots on its body.
Masai giraffes can be found in southern Kenya, all of Tanzania, and in some parts of Zambia. The Masai giraffe also called Kilimanjaro giraffe is the largest species of giraffe.
Luckily the 2017 census in greater Tsavo area indicated more than 4000 giraffes compared to almost 3000 giraffes counted in 2014. So it’s quite significant increase for this endangered species promising us fabulous giraffe encounter experience also in future.
Tsavo West National Park is located in the Coast Province of Kenya. The park covers an area of 9,065 square kilometres. The A109 road Nairobi-Mombasa and a railway divides it from the adjoining Tsavo East National Park.
Together with adjoining ranches and protected areas, they comprise the Tsavo Conservation Area.
Tsavo West is a more popular destination on an account of its magnificent scenery, Mzima Springs, rich and varied wildlife, good road system, rhino reserve, rock climbing potential and guided walks along the Tsavo River. The park is operated by Kenya Wildlife Service.
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