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Robyn Morrison

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Robyn grew up in Johannesburg and every family holiday was spent exploring the Lowveld or camping around Southern Africa. Her love of nature and conservation propelled her to complete her Masters degree at the University of Edinburgh’s school of Geoscience. Although this gave ...

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on We’ve Got Giraffe All Wrong!

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Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

A great article, Robyn. It is indeed astonishing that so little research has been done regarding giraffes, as they are such iconic animals. I think that most people talking about African nature and wildlife have giraffes in mind as they are such very special, African animals.
That’s why blogs like yours are also so important because they make us understand these animals better.

Hayley Myburgh
Digital Ranger

Very interesting, thanks for this Robyn.

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Well done Robyn! Thank you for showing us another perspective on giraffes!

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Thank you Robin for your research on the giraffe’s social activities. Very interesting and they are stunning animals, especially the little ones.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

I knew that female giraffe take care of their young together, when some mothers go to forage others stay to look after the young. I had no doubt there are grandmas taking an utmost important role, as many social mammals do on earth and in water

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Thanks Robyn, I continue to learn from the Londolozi blogs about the animals there. Giraffes like many other species certainly seem to have a social structure. One that has gone unreported even if it has been observed.

Chelsea Allard
Digital Tracker

Giraffes are my favorite! So glad to see there are more people interested in researching and conserving this iconic species.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

This is a fantastic article Robyn on an animal that I truly love to watch but know little about their social hierarchy. I had thought the males left their natal herd and became members of a bachelor herd until such time that they could fight their way to becoming the dominant bull with mating rights. Other than this, I just thought the females lived together like elephants – very simplistic. I appreciate the time you took to read the study you found and share some of that information with us.

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Fascinating article Robyn!

Nick Etches
Explorer

Thank you Robyn, I understand giraffes are becoming endangered and certainly are worthy of protection. They are iconic members of the countryside and always, except sparring males, give the impression of serenity and calm.

Johanna Browne
Senior Digital Ranger

Fascinating article! The photos are gorgeous and show well, the power and grace of these animals. Thank you for sharing this information with us.

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

I am so glad the Giraffe are finally getting their time in the spotlight. My favorite! The most unique and elegant animal.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Thanks for for filling in some of the blanks I’ve had about giraffe behavior. Kara describrd them as “elegant–a word I have used in combination with “graceful.”

Barbara Wallace
Senior Digital Ranger

Thank you for your great post on giraffes. You must know of Anne Innis Dagg. As a Canadian I am so proud of her and the work she has done with giraffes. Now in her 80’s, she had to pretend to be a man in order to get her start in Africa studying animals in the wild, and she did it before Jane Goodall. An amazing story. https://canadiangeographic.ca/articles/the-curious-extraordinary-life-of-anne-innis-dagg/

Gawie Jordaan
Senior Digital Ranger

Thank you Robyn! It is refreshing to hear about this new research to understand & protect them better.

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