Original Painting Medium: Oil on canvas
Scientific Name: Giraffa camelopardalis
As giraffes can reach a height of 15-18ft we rarely have the opportunity to see one face to face. I wanted to portray this chap as he towered above the bushes with his curious watchful expression. Andrew Watts kindly provided photographic reference. My Giraffe painting is an oil painting on canvas.
This giraffe was in the Moremi Game Reserve which occupies part of the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Moremi was the first wildlife sanctuary created by an African tribe, namely the BaTawana, in 1963. As there is little poaching, the game are very relaxed in the presence of people and carry on going about their business while you look on.
Giraffes have an an exceptionally long neck. Although their neck is very long: they only have 7 vertebrae, just like humans! They also have a keen sense of hearing and sight. The giraffe has the advantage of being able to scan the widest area in order to spot hidden predators. Majestic and leisurely in movement, the long legged giraffe lives in the African savannah, south of the Sahara.
These graceful creatures have found a niche in which they can live quite contentedly. Using a long flexible prehensile tongue giraffes eat the nutritious leaves at the tops of the trees. With well developed mobile lips they tear off the twigs, fruit and the prickliest shoots without having to compete with other herbivores.