Giraffe Hunting

Giraffe hunting can make for a challenging and exciting stalk. Hunting will most often be done by spot and stalk or tracking his very distinctive spoor.

Giraffe drinking. Giraffe hunting makes for a very exciting stalk.
Giraffe drinking with the characteristic splayed legs.
How to hunt Giraffe, and how much does it cost?

Hunting Giraffe is mainly done by walk and stalk or tracking his very distinctive spoor. The giraffe trophy will cost around $3500.

Giraffe Hunting - trophy shot in the Eastern Cape South Africa with Nick Bowker
Giraffe trophy shot in the Eastern Cape South Africa with Nick Bowker

Interesting facts about the Giraffe for hunters

  • The giraffe is the tallest mammal on Earth. With their legs alone being more elevated than many humans—about 6 feet.
  • A giraffe’s neck is too short to reach the ground. As a result, it has to spread its front legs or kneel to reach the ground to drink water.
  • Giraffe spends most of their lives standing up; they even sleep and give birth standing up.
  • Giraffe young can stand up and walk after an hour, and within a week, it starts to eat some vegetation.
  • Calves are often killed in their first few months, despite the females’ attempts to stand over their calves during attacks by lions, spotted hyenas, leopards, and African wild dogs.
  • A giraffe’s spots are much like human fingerprints. As a result, no two individual giraffes have the same pattern.
  • Giraffe only needs 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in 24 hours. Achieved in quick naps that can last only a minute.
  • It was thought that giraffes do not make any sound. But this is untrue, as giraffe makes low pitch noises beyond the range of human hearing.
  • To protect the giraffe’s brain from sudden changes in blood pressure when it lowers its head to drink, it has valves to stop the backflow of blood.
  • A female giraffe gives birth standing up. As a result, their young fall about 2m to the ground and can stand up within an hour of birth. With the newborn giraffe being taller than most humans.

The difference between a male and female giraffe

Males and females have a type of horn called ossicones, made of cartilage covered in skin. The male has larger ossicones used for fighting and causes the fur to rub off, exposing a bald spot on top of them. As a result, mature males will nearly always have these gray bald spots on the top of the ossicones.

Giraffe male.The male has larger ossicones used for fighting and causes the fur to rub off.
Giraffe male
Female with tufts of hair on her ossicones.
Giraffe female

About the Giraffe

Description of Giraffe

Giraffes usually inhabit savannahs and open woodlands. Also, they feed on shrubs, grass, and fruit and eat around 75 pounds of foliage daily.

Fully grown giraffes stand 14.1 – 18.7 feet tall, with males taller than females.

The tallest recorded male was 19.3 feet, and the tallest recorded female was 17 feet tall.

The average weight is 2,628 pounds for an adult male and 1,825 pounds for an adult female. Despite its long neck and legs, the giraffe’s body is short in comparison.

Located at both sides of the head, the giraffe’s large, bulging eyes give it an excellent all-round vision from its great height.

A Giraffe has a perfect sense of hearing and smell and can close its muscular nostrils to protect against sandstorms and ants.

Giraffe hunting, while unusual, is well worthwhile.

Male giraffes become darker as they age.

Information for Giraffe hunting

The giraffe prehensile tongue is about 18 inches long. for getting at the most challenging foliage. Also, the tongue purplish-black, perhaps to protect against sunburn and is useful for grasping foliage, as well as for grooming and cleaning the animal’s nose.

The giraffe’s upper lip is also prehensile and useful for foraging and covered in hair to protect against thorns.

Also, the tongue and inside of the mouth have papillae.

The coat has dark patches, which can be orange, chestnut, brown, or nearly black, separated by light hair, usually white or cream.

The skin color and pattern serves as camouflage in the light and shade patterns of savannah woodlands.

Giraffe calves inherit pattern traits from their mothers.

The skin underneath the dark areas helps with thermoregulation.

Giraffe Hunting in South Africa

Vital organs showing the position of the heart and lungs
Vital organs for giraffe hunting

Your giraffe trophy should weigh about 2500 pounds and be about 8 feet tall.

This stately beast inhabits various plant habitats, from the dry woodlands to the reasonably dense low shrub veld.

But always present will be the thorn trees on which he feeds throughout the year.

A giraffe’s heart weighs approximately 25 pounds and is the biggest of any land mammal and used to pump 60 liters of blood around its body every minute at a blood pressure twice that of an average human.

The giraffe is not territorial and tends to avoid the very dense bush.

He feeds on a 6-foot band of browse, not accessible to all other animals except the elephant, with browsing being mainly during the day.

They can run as fast as 35 miles an hour over short distances, or cruise at ten mph over longer distances.

Giraffe only needs to drink once every few days because most of their water comes from all the plants they eat.

Hunting giraffe can make for an extremely interesting and exciting stalk.

Trophy Judgement and Rifle Caliber for Giraffe hunting

Giraffe hunting - trophy shot in the Eastern Cape South Africa. A giraffe trophy can be added on to any of our South African Hunting Safari Packages.
Giraffe hunting – trophy shot in the Eastern Cape South Africa. A giraffe trophy can be added on to any of our South African Hunting Safari Packages.

Hunting giraffe will most often be done by spot and stalk or tracking his very distinctive spoor.

We would recommend a 375 for giraffe hunting.

Nick Bowker has available a 375 and ammunition for hunters not wishing to go through the red tape of bringing a rifle to South Africa.

Also, the rifle and ammunition are included free of charge in your package.

A giraffe’s lungs are positioned well forward and high in the chest cavity as well. At the same time, the brain is tiny and set just below and between the horns.

If you choose to make a spine shot, place it in the center of the neck where the neck joins the body.

A quartering frontal shot should be aimed to break the prominent shoulder joint; avoid the quartering-away shot, take it only as a last resort!