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With its iconic appearance and historic popular appeal, the giraffe is the world's tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. Recent years have seen much-needed new research undertaken to improve our understanding of this unique animal. Drawing together the latest research into one resource, this is a detailed exploration of current knowledge on the biology, behaviour and conservation needs of the giraffe. Dagg highlights striking new data, covering topics such as species classification, the role of infrasound in communication, biological responses to external temperature changes and motherly behaviour and grief. The book discusses research into behaviour alongside practical information on captive giraffe, including diet, stereotypical behaviour, ailments and parasites, covering both problems and potential solutions associated with zoo giraffe. With giraffe becoming endangered species in Africa, the book ultimately focuses on efforts to halt population decline and the outlook for conservation measures.Read more
- A much-needed summary of the most up-to-date research into giraffe biology, behaviour and conservation needs
- Includes a range of practical information on captive giraffe, including diet, stereotypical behaviour, ailments and parasites, ideal for use by zoo workers
- Highlights fascinating new data, covering topics including species classification, the role of infrasound in communication, and motherly behaviour, making this a fundamental resource for laboratory and field workers
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'Dagg's discoveries and observations during fieldwork as well as autobiographical details make this book an engaging, inspiring and informative read that is well worth the time to read from cover to cover.' Amanda Hardy, The Biologist
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- Date Published: March 2014
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107034860
- length: 260 pages
- dimensions: 246 x 173 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.64kg
- contains: 75 b/w illus. 3 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Timeline of giraffe
2. The giraffe's environment
3. Feeding in the wild
4. Social behaviour and populations
5. Individual behaviours
6. External features
9. Pregnancy, growth, reproduction and aging
10. Giraffe in zoos
11. Status and conservation of giraffe races
Appendix. Parasites and pathogens
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The Woman Who Loves Giraffes is a documentary film on the life and work of Anne Innis Dagg, the world’s first ‘giraffologist’.
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