Giraffe - Biology, Behaviour and Conservation

Giraffe - Biology, Behaviour and Conservation

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Author Anne Innis Dagg
Language English
ISBN 9781107610170
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Pages 259
Size 169 x 244 x 22 mm
Format Paperback
Images B/w photos
Year published 2019

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.

 

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
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
7. Anatomy
8. Physiology
9. Pregnancy, growth, reproduction and aging
10. Giraffe in zoos
11. Status and conservation of giraffe races
Appendix. Parasites and pathogens
References
Index

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