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Bruce Arnott

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Bruce worked at Londolozi from 2017 to 2020. He always had a passion for the bush and the outdoors, having been camping and fishing since he was a young boy. He attended school in the Natal midlands after which he moved down to ...

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on Giraffes: Strange and Wonderful Creatures

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Interesting facts Bruce. We don’t realuze how big they really are.

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It’s a lovely article and when I am out with first time safari guests I have to remind myself the excitement of seeing my first giraffe.

On my last trip to Kenya I saw masses of the very rare reticulated giraffe , still got a thrill

Hello Bruce, I adore giraffes! I love the way they look at you and then totally disappear . I remembrr when we stopped for coffee one morning with you and there they were, about 4 or 5 grazing. They gave us a look and went back to eating. They were not a bit bothered by our presence. But there was a very large who was looking at us as we were not in the car and were having our coffee. I asked you why he was giving us the fish eye and you said he was probably wondering why we were not in the car and surprised we had legs. They have so much charm. Hope you and Robert are well and everyone is staying safe. Victoria

Bruce, my husband has run 15 marathons. He qualified for Boston 5 times. He ran Athens Marathon (he was slowest race he ever ran 4:15:46 but it was all uphill). He ran the 6 majors Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago New York City. He ran Boston Marathon and the London Marathon back to back.

Fascinating facts Bruce, accompanied by some stellar images. Giraffes are beautiful animals, so graceful as they move through the trees and bushes, and when sensing danger, their running skills are lyrical. This past December I was fortunate to observe a single male at a pan , first looking right, left, behind and then lowering his neck into the water for a long drink, then rising, whipping his neck whilst spewing water in a spiral pattern. We watched this routine for almost an hour, just this lone giraffe – truly a magical time.

I absolutely adore them. They are one of my spirit animals, for sure.

Wow! Is right! Such fascinating information and great photographs. Thanks Bruce!

A great description of these beautiful animals. Fascinating. Thank you

Great post! I think the Kordafan giraffe is the most endangered out of all the subspecies?

Hi Callum! Yes you’re right, the Nubian and Kordofan subspecies are most endangered. They’re listed as critically endangered.

Giraffes are really special. It is always a must see. Majestic in their own right they are indeed beautiful creatures

Hello Bruce, Interesting article you have written about giraffes. Beautiful pictures, especially the first one! They are impressive animals. Didn’t know that they are vulnerable. Thank you for sharing!

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Fascinating post! They are one of my favorites too, I find them incredibly elegant creatures. A lot of these facts I didn’t know so thank you for sharing them Bruce

Very interesting and informative. Nice to learn about animals and plants other than the big cats.

Bruce, Thanks for the education on Giraffe physiology! What amazing facts! We are always trying to get one of those shots of one of them flipping the water after a drink!

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