Rothschild's Giraffes, Grant's Zebras and Ostriches at the Belfast Zoo (Northern Ireland)
Rothschild's Giraffes, also known as Baringo Giraffes, are one of the most endangered of the nine giraffe species. Their necks are long but they have the seven vertebrate which are common to all mammals. They also have long, tough, dark-coloured tongues which they use to pick leaves off trees. Special splayed incisor teeth also help them to strip the leaves away from the branches. Rothschild's Giraffes are found in bush, savannah and semi-desert areas in western Kenya and eastern Uganda.
Grant's Zebras have long noses, so they can still look for predators while grazing. Like many prey animals, their eyes are on the sides of their head, giving them a wide field of vision. If they see a predator approaching, zebras will gather together so the predator can only see a maze of stripes. This confuses the predator who is unable to tell one zebra from another. Grant's Zebras are found in the grasslands and shrubs of east and southern Africa.
Ostriches are the largest of all birds. They have a very long neck and legs and, because they have no teeth, they swallow pebbles and sand to help them grind the food in their gizzard. Contrary to popular belief, they do not bury their heads in the sand! However, when they are hiding from predators, they tend to lay their heads on the ground, stretching their necks out flat. Ostriches are usually found on the short grass plains and arid savannahs of sub-Saharan Africa.