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Sparring Giraffes – MAKUMU

We witnessed two young male giraffe sparring recently on a morning drive…


Giraffe males usually spar with each other when they try to sort out dominance or for the right to mate with a female in the area.

These fights are known as Necking. What they do is to try and get the opponent off balance by striking at each others necks and shoulders with their own necks, and sometimes when they get more violent and serious they will use the OSSICONES (hard, bony horn-like growth on head) to strike into an opponents body or head. Sparring usually only get violent when large males start competing for mating rights.

In this case it was merely a test of strength between these two younger males in order to establish a dominance hierarchy.

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