|Giraffes Drinking, 1998, Johan Hoekstra|
|Giraffe, Alan M. Hunt.|
(What you lookin' at?)
|Despite the illustration, camels do not lend themselves to|
being servants of mankind.
|Giraffes, David Stribbling|
In Europe, the first giraffes were brought from Cleopatra’s Egypt by Julius Caesar in 46BC. Caesar’s intentions, however, were neither diplomatic nor philanthropic. The giraffe marched in his triumphal procession while hundreds were later imported for the Circus Games, to be mauled by lions as a public spectacle. The Romans called giraffes “camelopards”, based on the idea that they were related to both a camel and a leopard. Camelopardalis is still used today as its species name. After the fall of the Roman Empire, giraffes were mostly forgotten in much of Europe for the next thousand years. They didn't reappear until the 13th-century in a Sicilian menagerie and in English literature in The Travels of John Mandeville published ca. 1356.
|Giorgio Vasari and Marco Marchetti da Faenza, Lorenzo the Magnificent receives the tribute of the Ambassadors (c 1558), Palazzo Vecchio, Florence.|
|Each giraffe habitat|
has its own
|A Giraffe and its closest relatives, |
the okapi (pronghorn antelope),
|Don't be afraid, we're (chomp, chomp, chomp) herbivories.|
|Wall decals are a relatively new development in the |
fine art of displaying fine art and interior design.
|The mother giraffes are in charge of the young. Males seldom stick around after the mating, preferring to hang out with others of their sex in segregated groups.|
|You're leaving? Guess I'll duck|
our for a drink.