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The Giraffe: Biology, Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour

The Giraffe: Biology, Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour

Bryan Shorrocks

ISBN: 978-1-118-58747-8 October 2016 Wiley-Blackwell 232 Pages


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Provides a comprehensive overview of one of nature's most engaging mammals

  • Covers fossil history, taxonomy, genetics, physiology, biomechanics, behavior, ecology, and conservation
  • Includes genetic analysis of five of the six subspecies of modern giraffes
  • Includes giraffe network studies from Laikipia Kenya, Etosha National Park, Namibia andSamburu National Reserve, Kenya

Preface, vi

1 Introduction to the giraffe, 1

2 Origins, 13

3 Present distribution and geographical races, 26

4 Anatomy, 42

5 Physiology, 60

6 Individual behaviour, 76

7 Individual ecology, 100

8 Social networks, movement and population regulation, 134

9 Conservation status and wildlife reserves, 166

References, 187

Index, 217