Trophy Size

Standing up to 18 feet tall, hunting giraffe in South Africa is for the hunter who has a little extra space available in their trophy room. Giraffe mounts are mostly from the shoulder upwards and are made to stand in a corner peering down at passers-by. Such a mount is in the region of 7 ft tall but takes up surprising little space. The only issue would be if your ceiling is high enough to accommodate it other than by the staircase.

 

Name: Giraffe
Scientific Name: Giraffa Camelopardalis

Trophy Fee: $3,000

Description

The giraffe is the largest ruminant and the tallest mammal on the planet. Horns are of solid bone and carried by both cows and bulls; they are skin-covered, tufted and thin on the female and thick and bald on top for the male. The coat is tan with brown patches, and the males use their bony horns and necks for fighting. They have extremely long legs, a sloping back and a very long neck. The coat is short and sandy-coloured with dark brown patches of varying intensities and shapes. They have a short, upright brown mane and a long dark tassle on tail, and cloven hooves.

Habitat

Open grasslands with scattered trees. They prefer areas enriched with acacia growth. They drink large quantities of water and, as a result, they can spend long periods of time in dry, arid areas. When searching for more food they will venture into areas with denser foliage.

Distribution

Sub-Saharan Africa. Increasingly rare in the west.

Weight

Up to 3,000 pounds.

Lifespan

25 years (28 in captivity).

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