Africa’s Gentle Giants – Kissing Giraffes

Suggested Price: $625.00

Artist: Gerald Runyanga
Material: Springstone
Dimensions: 32cms (L) x 16cms (W) x 88cms (H)

Description

The giraffe is the tallest mammal in the world, standing at around 4-5m high, and the tallest giraffes ever recorded have been up to 5.9m. That’s over a meter higher than a double-decker bus and weighing up to 1900kgs. Giraffes are probably the biggest pollinators in the world thanks to their great height. As they wander around feeding from the tops of trees, they inadvertently transfer genetic material on their muzzles from the flowers of one tree to those of another.

Despite being incredibly tall, giraffes still only have seven vertebrae in their necks – which means a giraffe neck has the exact same number of bones as a human neck. Giraffes used to be distributed throughout North and West Africa, including the Sahara, and along the Nile. Today giraffes are only found in sub-Sarahan Africa.

Just like human fingerprints, no two giraffes have the same pattern. It’s thought that the pattern on a giraffe doesn’t just serve to camouflage the animal, but also helps with temperature regulation too.

The seemingly gentle giraffe also eats bones. Giraffes aren’t predators, so they don’t kill other animals, but their huge skeletons require more calcium and phosphorous than they can get from a strictly vegetarian diet. The easy solution is to chew the bones from carcasses to make their own bones stronger, a behaviour known as osteophagy.

This is an original hand carved stone sculpture. The artwork is suitable for display in offices, homes, in hotels and in gardens. This sculpture can be displayed both outdoor and indoors, in both public and private places. This is a one-of-a-kind artwork. All artworks purchased are subjected to refurbishment to ensure you get your products at the best possible quality. We will ensure that bases are straightened and works re-polishing for a nice and shiny finish where necessary.

Additional information

Weight 29 kg
Dimensions 32 × 16 × 88 cm

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