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Category:Animals
Subcategory:Safari
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Keywords:“Kenya Mara River Migratiom”, “Maasai Mara”, “Mara Triangle”, Africa, giraffe, nature, ossicones, Serengeti, twiga, wildlife
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Dimensions2866 x 4299
Original file size5.48 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken15-Aug-12 12:46
Date modified15-Aug-12 12:46
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 60D
Focal length330 mm
Max lens aperturef/7.1
Exposure1/2000 at f/7.1
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias-1/3 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 400
Metering modeSpot
A Male Giraffe with Large Ossicones (horn bumps) Used to Fight and Attract Females- Mara River, Kenya

A Male Giraffe with Large Ossicones (horn bumps) Used to Fight and Attract Females- Mara River, Kenya

Each day we saw a large male Twiga (giraffe) camped out on the hill as we left the Mara Serena Safari Camp at the Mara River. This time it looks like he's mouthing a "hello." The bumps on his forehead are a signature of successful male fighters. These horn-like bone structures are called ossicones. Giraffe forcefully swing their necks and use the bones to smack other giraffe as weapons to earn female affection, swinging their heads powerfully into the necks of other male giraffes and butting heads.