Giraffe Botswana by Richard Dobbie
About the artwork
"The giraffe moved her co-ordinated way, an embodiment of relaxed grace as her hooves met the grassland. Her ears waggled and shivered when the breeze caught them. I could have watched her all day and still I see her in my daydreams".
"Well as giraffes say, you don't get no leaves unless you stick your neck out."
A giraffe’s neck can be nearly two metres long and it has the same number of vertebrae as a human neck. Aided by its long neck, a giraffe is able to reach the leaves, fruit and flowers high up in Acacia trees and other sought after tree species. Similarly, giraffes also have the longest tails of any land mammal, well over two metres long, including the tuft at the end and their dark blue tongues can exceed 60cm in length.