Masai giraffe in Tanzania, January 2018
Southern giraffe, northern Botswana, 2012


Reticulated giraffe, Kenya, 2011


All giraffes have horns, regardless of species, gender or age. Their real name is ossicone, a bony horn covered with hair. The females have slender ossicones, with tufty hair, whist the males’ ossicones are chunkier and are usually bald on top. The youngsters are born with flattened horns, that aren’t actually attached to their skulls, but that physical connection develops as they age.




Copyright Debbie Smyth, 7 February 2019

Posted as part of Cee’s B&W

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