South African Giraffe

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South African Giraffe

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Character Data
Also known as: Cape Giraffe
Japanese Name: ケープキリン
Romanised Name: Kēpukirin
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa
Distribution: Africa
Diet: Herbivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: Unknown
Read More: South African Giraffe
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 VU.svg.png
South African Giraffe Nexon Game

South African Giraffe is a Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.

Appearance

South African Giraffe has a green skirt. Both her scarf and her leggings have a classic Giraffe design, with a light brown/yellow background with darker brown spots. The ends of her scarf taper to white.

In Real Life

Cape Giraffe

The Southern Giraffe is an ungulate mammal of the order Artiodactyla and the family Giraffidae. It was described initially and named with the binomial Camelopardalis giraffa by the German naturalist and zoologist Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber in 1784. Shortly after that, in 1785, the Dutch physician and naturalist Pieter Boddaert gave the name Giraffa giraffa to this species. Although other researchers tried to assign different scientific names, finally this one became the official.

The South African subspecies inhabits the north of South Africa, southwestern Namibia, and Zambia, southern Botswana and Zimbabwe. Due to their disappearance of several places by the illegal hunting, the conservation groups reintroduced some individuals in several locations at the south of the African continent like Swaziland, and there are efforts of reintroduction in Mozambique. According to the 2016 census, there are approximately 21,287 South African giraffes from South Africa.

As herbivorous animals, they feed on leaves, flowers, fruits and shoots of woody plants. Among the flowers and shrubs that exist in their natural habitat is common to find hibiscus, different types of lilies and Dombeya, but giraffes prefer acacia, a very broad genus of thorny trees and shrubs that grow abundantly in Africa and Australia. Besides the implicit nutrition, the leaves of this genus of plants provide them with large amounts of water, which is why they can spend a lot of time without drinking.

The males have to fight to establish domination, and the winners have greater reproductive success than the rest. Their confrontations are neck to neck battles called “necking” where they decide who will earn the right to mate. They measure the sexual receptivity of females by smelling and testing their urine, which determines who would be a better sexual partner.

The young are about 1.70 meters at birth and walk within a few hours of knowing their new habitat. Mothers are very protective of their offspring and maintain strong bonds generally until the next birth. Females mature at four years on average, while males do so at the age of five, although they do not have the opportunity to mate until they are seven years old, which is when they have the strength and size to fight with other peers and have access to a female.

References

https://giraffeconservation.org/giraffe-species/

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