Giraffes are probably my favorite animals. I was really looking forward to seeing them on safari but they were quite elusive. We did two or three game drives with no luck at all. Then, one day, we randomly rounded a bend and there they were...three giraffes grazing in the sun. They were tall, peaceful, and totally calming to watch.
We spotted this old fellow on a separate game drive. His spots are super-dark which indicates that he's older and was quite a dominant male. The giraffes release heavy doses of hormones when they fight with other giraffes and this darkens their spots. This guy was challenged a lot in his day and has the dark spots to prove it.