Long neck, short horns and stinky skin of spotty giraffes The neck of a giraffe is an easily recognizable feature because it is very long. Its length makes them seem almost surreal. It has seven cervical vertebrae, each one 25 cm long. They put them to use when battling with…

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Genetic predisposition, family traditions and survival tactics of giraffes The giraffe is related to cattle and deer, but it belongs to the Giraffidae family and the order Artiodactyla, which also includes Okapi occurring in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They both share the same characteristics such as the fur-covered ossicones,…

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Communicating, eating, drinking and sleeping habits of giraffes The giraffe is the most iconic and awe-inspiring creatures and the tallest mammal on earth. Both ancient and modern cultures revered it and described it as being magnificent in appearance. But they are weird too with their long necks and legs, large…

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The past, the present, and the future of giraffes A journey through the glorifying times of giraffes in the past, current, and future  Their history in the ancient Europe depicted them as regal and majestic. In modern times, their contribution has led to innovations in space explorations. And their future…

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NINE SPECIES OF GIRAFFES IN AFRICA

Nine species of giraffes in Africa There are nine possible species of giraffes in Africa, although the taxonomy is not widely and popularly agreed. They are the Reticulated or Somali giraffe, Kordofan giraffe, Nubian giraffe, South African or Cape giraffe, Angolan or Smokey giraffe, West African or Nigerian Giraffe, Maasai…

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The anatomy and behavioral patterns of Maasai giraffes Icons of the Kenyan plains, Maasai giraffe, is the largest subspecies of the giraffe family. Another word for Maasai giraffe is Kilimanjaro giraffe. It is a remarkable species of giraffes out of the nine species. This gentle, iconic subspecies is the tallest…

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GIRAFFE

Giraffe There are nine different species of giraffes. At an average height of 5.6m from the ground to the horns, the tallest land-based mammal in the world is giraffe. Despite its tallness, it is mostly closely related to the smaller Okapi, that is found elusively in the dense tropical forests….

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Thriving lifestyle of giraffes in the wild Giraffes are native to Africa. They live in the south of the Sahara to northern Botswana, and eastern Transvaal and Natal. They occur in the tall trees, dense forests, grasslands, woodlands and open plains as well as in the dry and arid savanna…

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THE FIRSTS OF HOT-AIR BALLOON

The firsts of hot-air balloon On the 27th of August 1783 Jacques-Alexander-Cesar Charles, the French inventor launched a hydrogen balloon. He then went on to design and built a larger hydrogen balloon with the help of two engineering brothers Anne-Jean and Marie-Noel Robert. They included in it most of the…

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HOT-AIR BALLOON INDUSTRY PIONEERS

Hot-air balloon industry pioneers The pioneers of the inflatable planes are unsung heroes. And that is because not many people pay attention to their daring ventures in the early days of aviation. Mentions of them in the literature are few and far between. But giving credit where it is due is…

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