October Animal

Okay, I just happen to really like giraffes. Visit the Indianapolis Zoo to see this one. The Indy Zoo also has some of the best native landscaping of any I have seen. Oh, and visit the Indiana State Museum next door.

A giraffe’s tongue helps it reach leaves, even leaves among thorny branches. Giraffes are browsers. No, not computer browsers. Giraffes are browsers because they eat leaves of woody shrubs and trees. (Grazers, in contrast, tend to eat grasses and lower-growing, softer plants.) Notice the shapes and heights of trees in giraffe habitats. How do giraffes impact these trees?

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