Cow-calf relationships in Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa)

Author(s)V.A. Langman
Year Published1977
JournalZeitschrift fur Tierpsychologie
Page Numbers264-286
Size1.70 MB

The duration and intensity of the cow-calf bond during lying out, calving pools, and nursery herds has been analysed in a wild population of giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa). Field behavior observations were made on naturally marked and radio-collared giraffe. Radio-tracking was used to follow and observe giraffe of a known age for up to 1.5 years. The giraffe calf participates in various calf sub-groups while the cow travels to browse and water. A strong maternal bond exists between the giraffe cow and calf until the cow's next calving.

Key Words: Cow-calf relationship, giraffe, maternal bond, calving

Author: V.A. Langman

Journal: Zeitschrift fur Tierpsychologie


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