This photo of a Giraffe was captured a few years ago on Lanzarote – an island in the Atlantic Ocean. Lanzarote is one of the Canary islands off the coast of West Africa, and is known for its year-round warm weather, beaches and volcanic landscape.
The giraffe is the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. The name “giraffe” has its earliest known origins in the Arabic word zarāfah perhaps borrowed from the animal’s Somali name geri. The Arab name is translated as “fast-walker”.
The giraffe’s chief distinguishing characteristics are its extremely long neck and legs, its horn-like ossicones, and its distinctive coat patterns.
The giraffe has intrigued various cultures, both ancient and modern, for its peculiar appearance, and has often been featured in paintings, books, and cartoons. It is classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as Vulnerable to extinction. Estimates indicate that there are approximately 97,500 members of Giraffa in the wild.
I was once kissed on the lips by a giraffe, and I don’t think I’ve ever got over it.Joanna Lumley