Saturday, December 16, 2006

What sound does a giraffe make ?... here is The Sound of the Giraffe

Although generally quiet, giraffes have been heard to grunt, snort and bleat.
Although very few recordings actually exist of this, we have been able to locate the "Lost" files from the collection of Z. E. Frank, known as Dolittle by his friends.

You to can now hear and even see Z. E. Franks' recreation of "The Sound of the Giraffe" as well as such acclaimed work as "The Sound of the Fish"


Friday, December 15, 2006

Papercraft Giraffe

This papercraft Giraffe is courtesy of Canon inc.

Canon has a great site called Creative Park, where you can find absoloutely heaps of free downloads, have a look at

To download details of how to make this great looking giraffe visit:

New baby Giraffes

It's been a busy last month or two around the world for new baby giraffes..

September 27th 2006, the "Blank Park Zoo", Iowa, USA announced the birth of a baby reticulated giraffe. Named Jabulani, literally translated to meaning "happy", the male calf stood 6 foot 2 inches tall and weighed 135 pounds.

On October 7th 2006 at "Disneys Animal Kingdom", Orlando, Florida, USA a baby girl giraffe was born. Named Imara, meaning "strong" in Swahili she weighed 100 pounds and stands approximately 6 foot tall.

On October 7th 2006 at Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, England, a male reticulated calf was born at a height of 5 foot 7 inches.

On October 30th 2006 "The Bronx Zoo", New York welcomed a baby Rothschild giraffe into its family, standing at 5 foot 6 inches and weighing in at 125 pounds.

On November 9th 2006 "The San Diego Zoo", CA welcomed a baby Masai giraffe to their expanding family standing at 5 foot 8 -10 inches and weighing in at 147 pounds.

For more information on the zoos mentioned above please visit the below websites.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Giraffe picture.. Camelopardalis

Ok, this one's a bit of a stretch, but there is a giraffe there if you look, whilst tilting your head 45 degrees to the left. Although Camelopardalis is the 18th largest constellation, it is not a particularly bright constellation, but the stars of the constellation can be connected in such a way, which will graphically show a giraffe.

The giraffe's body consists of the quadrangle of stars α Camelopardalis, β Camelopardalis, BE Camelopardalis, and γ Camelopardalis: α and β Camelopardalis being of the fourth magnitude.

The stars HR 2209 and M Camelopardalis form the head of the giraffe, and the stars M Camelopardalis and α Camelopardalis form the giraffe's long neck. Stars beta Camelopardalis and 7 Camelopardalis form the giraffe's front leg, and variable stars BE Camelopardalis and CS Camelopardalis form the giraffe's hind leg.

The constellation of
Camelopardalis was included
in the educational game "Uranias Mirror" which was designed by a young lady in the early 19th Century in Great Britain to teach children and amateur astronomers the star charts.

Each of the 32 cards show a constellation and the stars that comprise it as would be visible in England. The stars are represented by small holes punched right into the card, with bigger holes to represent brighter stars. So, to learn the formation of the constellations, one would hold the cards up to a light source and see the bright holes representing the star positions. The light is diffused by tissue paper attached to the back of the card.

Camelopardalis had also initially appeared in a work
titled the "Uranographia" by Johann Bode in 1801, which Bode produced whilst working as director of the Berlin Observatory.

In size, this was the largest star atlas that had ever been published. The positions of more than 17,240 stars are given, shown over 20 star maps in a format aimed to show both artistic impression of the constellation figures but also with scientific accuracy. This work is regarded as the first reasonably complete depiction of the stars visible to the human eye.

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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Rothschild Giraffes

The Rothschild Giraffe is named after the renowned British zoologist
Lionel Walter Rothschild, the founder of the Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum, which in 1937 became part of the Natural History Museum following Lionel Walters' death.

Lionel Walter Rothschild is more widely known for his love of ornithology, and following his death in August 1937 his collection boasted some 2,000 mounted mammals, a similar number of mounted birds, along with over two million butterflies and moths, 300,000 bird skins, 144 giant tortoises, 200,000 birds' eggs and 30,000 relevant books.

The Rothschild Giraffes' latin name is "Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi". The word giraffa is said by some to be derived from the Arabic word "zirafah" meaning "the tallest of all" but others state that "zirafah" is meaningless in Arabic and that a translation from a word beginning with a Z to a G would be quite unnatural. It is said to be more likely that the origin of the word would of been from the Hebrew word "ghoref" literally meaning the "back" or the "scruff of the neck". The translation of the Latin word camelopardalis is "camel marked like leopard" relating to the leopard like markings and camel like small hump that each giraffe has.

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Monday, November 20, 2006

New baby Rothschild Giraffe named Kijana...

Following on from the recent news of a male baby giraffe born at Orana Wildlife Park on November 3rd, he has now been named.

He is called Kijana, which is a Kiswahili word for boy/son/youth. He is doing very well and Orana Wildlife Park are very pleased to now have two young, lively Giraffe boys at the Park.

The name Kijana is well known in Kenya, the typical home for the Rothschild giraffe, as this was the nickname of the former Vice President of Kenya,
Michael Christopher "Kijana" Wamalwa.

Michael Wamalwa was so called Kijana as he was
thought to be too young for politics when he first attempted to enter the Kenyan parliament at the age of 30 in 1974. After 2 decades of politics his opposition coalition, the National Rainbow coalition, swept to power in elections December 2002, ending 24 years of rule under President Daniel arap Moi. Although the countries celebrations were short lived as Wamalwa passed away on 23rd August 2003.

A baby giraffe whether male or female is known as a calf and by the age of 3 months old will have started to eat from shrubs and small bushes, but can also continue to suckle from it's mother until it is 10 months old.

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