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Giraffe

Giraffe in Etosha National Park, Namibia

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  • ["On the road between Namutoni and Klein Namutoni, giraffe browsing activities cause the flat tops of the Acacia reficiens trees."]

Giraffe are common throughout the park as they are hardy animals and not dependent on a regular water supply.

They are even spotted in areas where the vegetation seems too low for them to browse, such as the short grass plains. Many of the Acacia nebrownii thickets on the edge of the plains bear evidence of the presence of these voracious browsers by their almost uniform height. On the road between Namutoni and Klein Namutoni, giraffe browsing activities cause the flat tops of the Acacia reficiens trees.

It is sometimes thought that the browsing of giraffes is damaging to the acacia trees, but the giraffe also help with pollination of these trees. While they munch away at the boughs of the tree, their whiskers brush against pollen from the blooms, which is transported to neighbouring trees when they move on.

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