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Don't You Stick Your Tongue Out at Me!

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 2 August 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest of all land-living animal species, and the largest ruminant. The giraffe's scientific name, which is similar to its antiquated English name of camelopard, refers to its irregular patches of color on a light background, which bear a token resemblance to a leopard's spots. The average mass for an adult male giraffe is 2,600 pounds, while the average mass for an adult female is 1,800 pounds. It is approximately 14 feett to 17 feet tall, although the tallest male recorded stood almost 20 ft.

The giraffe is related to other even-toed ungulates, such as deer and cattle, but is placed in a separate family, the Giraffidae, consisting of only the giraffe and its closest relative, the okapi. Its range extends from Chad in Central Africa to South Africa. Giraffes usually inhabit savannas, grasslands, or open woodlands. However, when food is scarce they will venture into areas with denser vegetation. They prefer areas with plenty of acacia growth. They will drink large quantities of water when available, which enables them to live for extended periods in dry, arid areas.

Photo captured at the Brookfield Zoo on April 10, 2010.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/400 second F/6.3 ISO 100 270 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Becky from los angeles, United States

HA! great timing - What a beauty!

2 Aug 2010 6:48am

Philip from JoBurg, South Africa

Great shot very cheeky tongue another interesting fact is that their Babies are born with their Horns already formed :)

2 Aug 2010 7:48am

Florence from Paris, France

Ahah ! Perfect timing Steven. Really cheeky. :-)

2 Aug 2010 8:14am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

ha ha ha.. naughty. nice timing.

2 Aug 2010 8:43am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Hahaha... just in time Steven ! So well done :) Have a nice day :)

2 Aug 2010 11:33am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

hehehe ... are ya talking to the viewers ! ! :P

2 Aug 2010 11:44am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Terrific close-up capture.

2 Aug 2010 2:03pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Very nice shot Steven.

2 Aug 2010 5:20pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Oh and the look on this Giraffe's face says exactly that - he has that look - how did you get him to do that?? ALso I agree with Jack - this is a pin sharp awesome close up...really great Steven!

2 Aug 2010 5:46pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Hehe, this reminds me of that famous Einstein portrait! :-)

2 Aug 2010 7:21pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Very good close-up capture Steven.

2 Aug 2010 7:35pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, Afghanistan

Lovely shot of this sassy critter.

2 Aug 2010 9:03pm

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran

Cute :)

2 Aug 2010 9:48pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

This is amazing! I'm thinking you used some HDR? Is there a way next time to separate out your bokeh so that it remains smooth but your subject is defined? Really that edgy bokeh is the only thing I would say keeps this from being a sale because I think it is really primed for selling.

2 Aug 2010 10:00pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

what a great shot, super timing

2 Aug 2010 10:25pm

Iris from Assen, Netherlands

great shot!!

2 Aug 2010 11:04pm

Catherine from Seoul, South Korea

ha ha - funny shot ^^ love it

3 Aug 2010 3:58am