Giraffe (Reaktion Books - Animal) by Edgar Williams (2011-01-15)

Book Giraffe (Reaktion Books - Animal) by Edgar Williams (2011-01-15)

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  • By Bonnie A. on August 7, 2015

    Perfect for the Giraffe lover. I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend.

  • By Robert C Ross on December 7, 2016

    Read and reviewed free at the member's lounge at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.The museum shop features many of the books in this series, and it is fun to read through them -- at 175 pages or so, they are short and take about half an hour for a fast reader. I like the fact that the museum staff vets the books on offer, indicating they have scientific or historic validity.This book covers not only the biology of these fascinating creatures, but surveys the impact that giraffe has had on various cultures around the world. On the biology side, the can contract blood vessels in its brain when lowering its head in order to brain hemorrhage. Their tough and thick skin in their legs prevent odema. They breathe only nine times a minute, but can run 25 to 30 miles an hour.Darwin believed their long necks evolved to browse higher and higher branches, but modern genetics have cast doubt on this theory. Conclusion: we don't know. Genetics indicates there are six species, and there is an excellent map of the distribution of each species in Africa. All six will interbreed, so almost all giraffes in zoos are hybrids.Romans kept them as exotic pets; Darwin's Victorian contemporaries hunted them as trophies. Several Egyptian drawings feature them, sometimes with ropes tied around their front legs indicating they were tame.Tall Horse is a play with a life-size animal puppet about a giraffe sent as a royal tribute to post-revolutionary France in the 1820s. A giraffe, captured in its first years of life in 1826, was offered up from the Pasha of Egypt to King Charles X of France. Two decades earlier Napoleon had engaged in a war of aggression in Egypt and Syria, seeking to block British interests in the area, while securing French access to trade routes to Asia. The animal was transacted in a complex symbolic act of appeasement, and was the first live giraffe seen in France."Giraffe" is a novel about a herd of giraffes taken from Kenya to a Soviet-defined Czechoslovakia in the 1970s in order to breed a new species for ‘the glory of communism’.These and many other cultural aspects of this interesting animal are described in this very well written little book.

  • By lyndonbrecht on February 20, 2015

    Not as well written as others in the "Animal" series, this is still a good read. It includes natural history and what might be called the cultural giraffe. The book is nicely illustrated.Chapter titles are a bit quirky but give you an idea of the eclectic content: The Global Giraffe; Giraffe Inside Out; Ancient Giraffe stone age to Victoria; Return to Europe; Modern Giraffe; Cultural Giraffe. The evolution and distribution of the animal is covered. Human reactions to giraffes is explored--reverence, object of hunting, mythical creature, and the giraffe in artistic contexts.If you are interested in giraffes, this would be a good book, It is not a handbook or a species account in any depth. You'll pick up odd bits of information, as I did. I never thought about it, but the giraffe needs special physiological adaptations to prevent stroke when the animal raises or lowers its head.

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