How to tell the difference between male and female Giraffes.

Ever wonder how to tell the difference between a male and female Giraffe even if you just see their heads above the trees?

In the above photo the male is on the left and the female on the right. Both male and female Giraffes have ‘horns’ which are actually called ‘ossicones’. These Ossicones are formed from ossified cartilage and are covered in skin. The male has larger ossicones which they use for sparring, causing all the fur to rub off leaving grey bald spots on top of them. The females however don’t fight so their ossicones are thinner and you can see the fur standing up on them.

Hot air balloon flight over a large crocodile

About three weeks ago guests on the hot-air-balloon were treated to flying quite low over Makorwane dam as they were coming in to land.

We don’t see crocodiles very often as they have been hiding in the deep water in this heat. This one was moving around in the shallow water as the balloon flew over.
Thank-you to Irina Fayzutdinova for sending us the photos they took during this experience.

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