African Safari - Giraffes and Zebras

Turning the corner of another of the many winding roads at Kapama Game Reserve, we can upon a large plain full of wildebeests, impalas, warthogs, giraffes, white rhinos, zebras and many birds. Seeing all of these animals grazing and basking in the morning sun was breathtaking. The feeling was overwhelmingly calm and saturated with pure happiness. Impalas were rutting nearby which was quite the site. They were leaping, bounding and making a very unique guttural sound. We then came across two zebras fighting, bitting and butting heads, these two had quite the score to settle. It was exhilarating to try and follow them as they chased each other across the plans behind the lens of my camera.

Shortly thereafter we arrived at a watering hole and found a thirsty giraffe. We had to be patient while waiting for the giraffe to finish drinking so I could capture it in action. A little fact about giraffes we learned from our knowledgeable game driver,  to protect the giraffe's brain from sudden changes in blood pressure when it lowers its head to drink, it has a valve to stop the back-flow of blood and elastic-walled vessels that dilate and constrict to manage flow. Cool, right?!

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Baby zebra with mom Zebra Fighting Zebra Fighting Zebra

Drinking Giraffe Giraffe