Giraffe Reflections

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By Dale Peterson

The such a lot complete e-book on giraffes to seem within the final fifty years, this quantity offers a powerful portrait of a gaggle of animals who, even with their mythical beauty and fantastic gentleness, won't solely live to tell the tale this century.

Dale Peterson’s textual content presents a normal and cultural background of the world’s tallest and second-biggest land animals, describing intimately their biology and behaviour. He deals a brand new viewpoint at the giraffes’ position in our global, and argues for the more desirable safeguard of those enforcing but endangered creatures and their elusive wooded area kinfolk, the okapis.

Some one hundred twenty beautiful pictures by way of award-winning natural world photographer Karl Ammann trap the grace and style of Giraffa camelopardalis. either appealing and informative, the photographs record giraffes’ advanced interactions with one another and their environment.

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