Both male and female Giraffes have ‘horns’ which are actually called ‘ossicones’. These Ossicones are formed from ossified cartilage and are covered in skin. The male has larger ossicones which they use for sparring, causing all the fur to rub off leaving grey bald spots on top of them. The females however don’t fight so their ossicones are thinner and you can see the fur standing up on them.
Giraffes usually inhabit savannahs and open woodlands. They also feed on shrubs, grass and fruit. A giraffe eats around 75 pounds of foliage daily. Fully grown giraffes stand 14.1 – 18.7 feet tall, with males taller than females. The tallest recorded male was 19.3 feet and the tallest recorded female was 17 feet tall.
The average weight is 2,628 pounds for an adult male and 1,825 pounds for an adult female. Despite its long neck and legs, the giraffe's body is relatively short. Located at both sides of the head, the giraffe's large, bulging eyes give it good all-round vision from its great height. Giraffes see in and their senses of hearing and smell are also sharp. The animal can close its muscular nostrils to protect against sandstorms and ants.
The giraffe's prehensile tongue is about18 inches long. It is purplish-black in color, perhaps to protect against sunburn, and is useful for grasping foliage, as well as for grooming and cleaning the animal's nose. The upper lip of the giraffe is also prehensile and useful when foraging and is covered in hair to protect against thorns. The tongue, and inside of the mouth are covered in papillae.
The coat has dark blotches or patches which can be orange, chestnut, brown, or nearly black in color our separated by light hair usually white or cream in color. Male giraffes become darker as they age. The coat pattern has been claimed to serve as camouflage in the light and shade patterns of savannah woodlands.
Giraffe calves inherit some spot pattern traits from their mothers, and variation in some spot traits are correlated with neonatal survival. The skin underneath the dark areas may serve as windows for thermoregulation, being sites for complex blood vessel systems and large sweat glands. Each individual giraffe has a unique coat pattern.
Your giraffe trophy should weigh about 2500 pounds and be about 8 foot tall.
The giraffe is the largest ruminant and the tallest mammal on the planet. Horns are of solid bone and carried by both cows and bulls; they are skin-covered, tufted and thin on the female and thick and bald on top for the male.
This stately beast inhabits a variety of plant habitats, from the dry woodlands to the fairly dense low shrub veld. Always present will be the thorn trees on which he feeds throughout the year. The giraffe is neither water dependent nor territorial and tends to avoid the very dense bush. He feeds on a 6-foot band of browse, not accessible to all other animals except the elephant. Browsing mainly during the day, they never lie flat on the ground and rarely sleep.
Hunting giraffe will most often be done by spot and stalk or tracking his very distinctive spoor. We would recommend a 375 for giraffe hunting.
Nick Bowker Hunting has available a 375 and ammunition for hunters not wishing to go through the red tape of having to bring a rifle to South Africa. The rifle and ammunition is included free of charge in your package.
His lungs are positioned well forward and high in the chest cavity as well. The brain is very small and positioned just below and between the horns. If you choose to make a spine shot, place it in the center of the neck where the neck joins the body. A quartering frontal shot should be aimed to break the prominent shoulder joint; avoid the quartering-away shot, take it only as a last resort!
Hunting giraffe can make for an extremely interesting and exciting stalk; even though he is not recorded anywhere in the record books, this tall, camel-like beast with the spots of the leopard can make for a most unusual trophy.
Giraffe vital organs for shot placement
IDENTIFICATION: Needs no introduction! Color of the hide can change with age. Older animals become dark brown to almost colorless to almost black. The skin is almost a half-inch thick giving it the thickest skin of all of the African animals. When bulls become very old they have a bad body odor that also affects the quality of the meat.
Giraffe Trophy taken with Nick Bowker. Your Professional Hunter and Outfitter