Beautiful giraffe with extraordinary coat steals the show at waterhole
A giraffe with an eye-catching fuzzy pattern was the stand out visitor to a small waterhole.
Bobby-Jo Clow, 34, who runs a safari company captured the unusual male giraffe at the Southern Kruger National Park, South Africa.
She spotted the giraffe leading a dramatic charge of bachelors towards a young female giraffe they had been eyeing up for 15 minutes.
Bobby-Jo from Dubbo, Australia said: “There was a large male who had a very different coat pattern compared to the other giraffe.
“His coat patterned resembled that of a Masai Giraffe found in East Africa and not the typical pattern you would find on a Southern Giraffe which are found in Kruger National Park.
“He also appeared to be the one leading the charge.
“I was photographing a tower of bachelor giraffe around a small waterhole. I was trying to capture some action shots of them drinking.
“After 15 minutes of observing them a young female giraffe arrived at the waterhole. The behaviour of the males changed instantly.
“They were very interested in this female and started to smell her whilst she was trying to have a drink.
“They would not leave her side. All of a sudden another group of male giraffe turned up at the waterhole.
“They charged straight at the males that were smelling the female. This happened several times over 20 minutes.
“They were also kicking at one another and attempting to engage in fighting by using their necks to hit one another.
“I observed the giraffe for about 45 minutes. I was amazed at their energetic and aggressive behaviour.
“I have been photographing giraffe in Africa for over a decade now and I have never seen this charging behaviour before. It was so exciting to photograph giraffe in this way.”
Bobby-Jo hopes her images will inspire others to support programs such as Giraffe Conservation Foundation.
She said: “Their is a silent extinction of giraffe happening right now in Africa with less than 80,000 left in the wild.
“Their biggest threats are habitat loss, poaching and snaring.”