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Unread postby Guides of Selous » Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:09 pm

hello all there! I would like to know from you,, 'How big is the giraffe heart in weight and why it is big!? was a quez from the guests. Thank for cooperation.
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Unread postby Chappie » Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:33 pm

Some interesting stats about the giraffe. This info was sourced from the San Diego zoo website!

A giraffe's heart is 2 feet (0.6 meters) long and weighs about 25 pounds (11 kilograms), and its lungs can hold 12 gallons (55 liters) of air.

A giraffe's 6-foot (1.8-meter) neck weighs about 600 pounds (272 kilograms).

The legs of a giraffe are also 6 feet (1.8 meters) long.

The back legs look shorter than the front legs, but they are about the same length.
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Unread postby Guides of Selous » Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:57 pm

Hi! We are fine all,,,,. Hope everyone is ok, I would like to thank you for your answer. Thanks very much. Kiki/Furahini Nnko

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Unread postby Guides of Selous » Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:07 am

hi
Please, I would like to know the animal with the longest lifespan together with the shortest one. Also in birds.
Thanks, Kiki/ Furahini Nnko

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Unread postby saraf » Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:43 pm

Hi Kiki,
Hope you are well.

Lifespans of wild animals are hard to measure because of difficulties in tracking them in the wild. Not many studies have been carried out. These are averages.

Mammals
Longest - Elephant, average 70 years
Shortest - small rodents 4 years

Birds
Longest - African Grey Parrot 50 years
Shortest - Finches about 5-6 years

Reptiles
Longest - Crocodile 45 years, although some tortoise species are known to have lived 100+ years I don't know if this happens in African species.
Shortest - Newts 3-4 years
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Unread postby Guides of Selous » Tue Sep 27, 2011 1:11 pm

Hello all forums, it has been a time since i log in the sanparks & this becouse of not having computer,but now i have just have my new cellphone which is having access on email . From now on goin ownwards i will keep sign to sanparks,by the way how down there?(South africa). Selous everythings is ok!
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Unread postby MATTHYS » Tue Sep 27, 2011 1:22 pm

Hi Whiteman :D
Good that it is going well in Selous and also very good that you now have access with your cellphone :dance:
It will be lovely to get news from Selous regularly. :D
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Unread postby onewithnature » Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:07 pm

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Unread postby Guides of Selous » Sat Oct 01, 2011 5:19 pm

asante sana/thank you very much.
Saraf and all members I real appreciate. I was quite for a time coz I went to Arusha on leave but I'm back to Selous game reserve now. Thanks a lot for the answers, I have a good record of animals, birds and crocodiles now about their lifespans
Furahini William Nnko /Kiki.

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Unread postby Guides of Selous » Wed Oct 05, 2011 3:57 pm

Hello once again forum,
i hope your are doing fine apparently ,my today question is giraffe. Do giraffe have any scent gland?
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Unread postby DuQues » Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:08 pm

And welcome back! :yaya:
I searched the internet, and found 2 sides, those that say yes (on ears, lips and nose) and those that say that unlike okapi (the only other member of the giraffe family) they do not have scent glands on hooves.
Well, the latter seem to be right. If I search the scientific websites it seems that giraffes have subauricular glands, which means just under the ear.

But maybe someone else has a different view?
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Unread postby Guides of Selous » Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:55 am

Hi Formites,
Thanks for everything...
1. What help bee-eaters not to get sting from the insects like bees and wasps?
2. And if they get, why don't they get changes like human and other animals?
Furahini Nnko/Kiki.
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Unread postby saraf » Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:12 pm

Good morning Guides of Selous. I have an extract from a book that I hope will help. It refers to White Fronted Bee-eaters but should be relevant for all.

Foraging & Food: Forages solitarily from perches, but maintains vocal contact with clan members. Mostly fast pursuits of aerial insects and glides with brief, hovering pause to snap up insect from low herbage. Occasionally scoops insects off water surface, or hawks prey in continuous flight, high in air, or attempts slow glides to seize prey from ground without alighting. Insects are carried back to the perch to be beaten. Tail end of stinging bee or wasp is rubbed against perch until sting and venom are discharged. Insect then tossed into mouth and swallowed. Once an insect lands the bee-eater ignores it, even if in plain sight. Bee-eaters are just programmed to catch things on the wing.
Diet is exclusively flying insects, comprising over 90% Hymenoptera (ants, bees and wasps), Honeybees, on average, forming one third of that. Also beetles, flies, dragonflies, butterflies and grasshoppers.
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Re: Guides of Selous

Unread postby Guides of Selous » Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:22 pm

Thanks Saraf.
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Re: Guides of Selous

Unread postby Guides of Selous » Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:57 pm

Hello Formites,
i hope ur all doing ok! Selous it's raining apparently , just some short rain and now grass it is starting getting green.

Bt the way thanks for the respond of the giraffe scent gland,
Best regard fr Whiteman


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