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  • This big male is the 26th of the 145 giraffes who live here in Korea.

  • In southern ***, Number 26 is a white giraffe.

  • The white giraffe is the last to live in its natural habitat and in contact with human beings in western Africa, outside of areas protected by national parks.

  • For scientists, he's number 26 but the Villagers called him long neck because of his interminable neck.

  • He's almost 20 feet tour with his head and legs that are almost white on the wide reticulated pattern framing the formed spots of his coat.

  • The white giraffe of *** is the lightest colored of all giraffes.

  • At the beginning of the 20th century, the giraffe was a very common animal in western Africa, but from 1970 successive droughts killed more than half the livestock.

  • The price of meat increased on this lead to a giraffe poaching in times of famine, A giraffe is seen above all as a ton of meat on legs.

  • At the beginning of the 19 nineties, there remained fewer than 50 in only one country.

  • Nigel, spending your days with your head in occasion Trees is a giraffe's recipe for happiness.

  • But every day.

  • Having to eat 30 kilos of Smalley's protected by long thorns is endless work.

  • It's large, thick blue tongue enables it to choose the most tender leaves without pricking itself.

  • However, it's easier when the branches don't have thorns like those of the complete, um, country to appearances.

  • The giraffes of the *** don't live in a desert, but in a territory completely settled by man, they share their pastures with domestic ruminants.

  • Such a drama trees.

  • Fortunately for long neck, the drama Drea doesn't eat at the same level as he does.

  • With the height of six meters, the giraffe remains unrivaled, which has often saved its life in times of famine.

  • *** is one of the poorest countries in the world, and it's one where population growth is highest.

  • To feed themselves, peasants clear the savannah.

  • The expansion of fields and livestock farming encroaches each year on the giraffes natural habitat.

  • In such conditions, there is reason to be concerned for future generations.

  • When he was born, this baby giraffe was hardly six feet tall.

  • During its 1st 2 years, it grew three inches a month, but to reach the 15 feet of his mother.

  • He will have to eat many more leaves if there are any left.

  • This morning, Long Neck and his females witnessed the destruction of their larder.

  • Fatty Fatima Zohra need money to feed their family.

  • During the dry season, the men go off to work in neighboring countries.

  • On the women have to manage alone.

  • They come into the bush in search of firewood.

  • In principle, in the areas where the giraffes live, it's forbidden to cut a K Shias.

  • But there aren't enough wardens to enforce the law on.

  • In southern ***, wood is the only fuel for cooking.

  • It's impossible to go without it, but with each case you cut down a little more of the draft.

  • Future disappears.

  • To fetch this.

  • Would the women have walked several kilometers from their village.

  • It will be sold to merchants set up on the side of the road leading into the army, the capital.

  • For each bundle, they will get 24 African Frank's about three euro sense.

  • As soon as it's delivered, the wood goes to Miami, and this is why the occasion cops is The giraffes feed on our disappearing Everywhere.

  • There are a few areas being reforested like this one, but they've been planted only recently, and it takes much more time for on a case you to grow than it does to cut it down.

  • In the meantime, giraffes need to eat every day for long.

  • Next family.

  • The end of the dry season is difficult.

  • The heat gets more and more intense.

  • Dehydrated occasion leaves aren't nourishing enough.

  • Water is scarce when food is scarce.

  • The hard ream of Long Neck, the dominant male, is reduced to only two females and their young.

  • At the beginning of the month of May, the group has settled in the last area where water is still to be found.

  • The valley of the Dalal Bosso, a fossil tributary of the ***.

  • It has been a long time since the water of the Dalal reached the Big River.

  • But here, in the middle of the drought, when everything is parched yellow, the last water hole's still sparkle.

  • Among the lush green vegetation of the Delaware Valley, the Dalal Bosso Valley is a welcome oasis.

  • It's where the Villagers breathe their cows, sheep and goats in the shade of the old trees.

  • For the giraffes, there is a problem there.

  • The cows hawk the ponds to themselves all day long on the Savannah giants of fearful beasts.

  • To avoid conflict, they wait for the herds to leave before going to drink.

  • In fact, the shepherds chased the giraffes away.

  • When they see them approach the water, they reserve the precious liquid for their herds.

  • As soon as you leave the heart of the Dalal Valley, the water table sinks.

  • Lower water becomes inaccessible to the giraffes, as well as to humans.

  • To water their livestock, the Villagers have had to dig wells.

  • The length of the rope pulled by the donkey indicates the depth at which the water is 150 to 180 feet.

  • Pulley was given by the Association for the Preservation of *** Giraffes in exchange for peace for its proteges.

  • It supports the local economy.

  • In ***, 85% of the population lives off farming.

  • By helping the peasants to live better, the association has eradicated giraffe poaching.

  • It also fights against the felling of occasion trees.

  • The giraffes never come to drink from the wells.

  • They have to find water on their own.

  • It's the end of the day Once again, the temperature almost reached 45 degrees centigrade.

  • During heat waves, you have to queue up to get close to water.

  • Blackbirds and doves hurry to drink before the cows arrive.

  • In such extreme climatic conditions, a giraffe cannot survive for more than two or three days without drinking to reach the nearest watering hole.

  • This female won't hesitate to cross.

  • This dirt track first makes her forget her fear of man.

  • It's true that she no longer risks her life when approaching humans since poaching a stopped.

  • But boldness has its limits.

  • She's waiting for the cows and above all, the shepherds to leave before approaching the water during the entire dry season.

  • Giraffes can never drink before nightfall.

  • Theo 11 PM Cows have bedded down.

  • Everything's quiet, but she can't even take a drink on the sly.

  • A spying filmmaker has set up some lights.

  • Neither heat nor dust can prevent it.

  • Species must be perpetuated.

  • The giraffes mating season lasts the whole 12 months of the year.

  • These two young males of fighting for the big black eyes of a young female.

  • Only the winner will have the right to quarter.

  • Given the beauty of the prize fight is merciless, Theo opponents stand sideways.

  • It's the fighting position blows with their necks, their shoulders in their heads.

  • No blows of forbidden.

  • Okay, The tips of the horns are blunted, but they can still inflict wounds.

  • Worse, the opponents could break their necks.

  • Only seven vertebrae for such a long neck.

  • That's their weak point, a single vertebra out of place.

  • And that's how one dies.

  • For love among giraffes, the winner goes right up to his prize.

  • A ravishing female, her graceful neck, glossy fawn coat and silky long eyelashes make her a beauty queen of the Savannah.

  • However, it's the sweet scent of her urine that motivates the mail.

  • She releases a few drops, just a signal.

  • She's receptive.

  • He curls his lip.

  • It's the Flemmen test.

  • They seem to be on the same wavelength, but in the end, it's always she who decides.

  • Okay, the harm matin.

  • The dry burning wind from the Sahara descends upon the Dalal Valley with a thick layer of dust.

  • But okay, the air is unbreathable, but never mind.

  • This morning, long neck, the dominant male is feeling affectionate loving.

  • Even one of the two females of his heart is on heat as every fortnight until she's impregnated.

  • She's playing up a little, but Longneck knows he needs to insist.

  • He'll follow her closely the whole day long, repeatedly cuddling up to her until she changes her mind.

  • If she wants.

  • Perhaps he caresses her.

  • She ruminates a long love.

  • Joe starts beneath the occasion among the giraffes.

  • When you're in love, the females lead you on far and for a long time, really.

  • Ah, mirage In the dry season, this stretch of dusty bush land is, in fact, a millet field after harvest at the end of the month of May.

  • Since there's nothing left to eat or to trample on, the giraffes wonder through here without bothering anyone.

  • Not for long, though.

  • Today the Children of the village of Cannery have come to clear the field.

  • There's no time left to lose.

  • In a few weeks with the first rains, the men who went far away during the dry season will return to plant the millet.

  • The field must be ready for planting.

  • The men will stay with their families in the village into the millet harvest at the end of October before setting out again when the millet season comes around, the giraffes are not welcome in the Dell Old Boss.

  • Oh valley, the domestic livestock is also asked the pastor.

  • Elsewhere, the Fulani shepherds leave to take their goats, cows and sheep to pasture in areas of the Savannah that aren't cultivated several tens of kilometers.

  • From here, the migration is done in several stages.

  • The young for Lonnie Shepherd set up camps next to their herds.

  • They will remain there several days, the time it takes to graze on the grass before going on to the next place, You're gonna kill you.

  • The giraffe's follow the same movement of the herds at the end of May.

  • Long neck, the dominant male, gives the signal to depart his objective to keep his feet dry.

  • When it rains, the level of the water table rises, the ground of the Darryl Bosso Valley becomes soggy, and giraffes hate walking in mud.

  • There's only one solution to go up onto the core.

  • A platter.

  • The ground there remains dry, even in heavy rain, and it's only a short walk away, 50 kilometers from a Keisha to a Keisha, the dominant male, and his heart him across the area where the granaries hold the remains of last harvest.

  • In this one, a prudent peasant has saved a big pile of rather tempting goodies on the left.

  • Peanuts on the right, dried beans, all of which are full of protein.

  • A real feast.

  • But the peasant has used barbed wire to make his grand a redraft proof.

  • It's impossible to get a single mouthful.

  • Giraffes continued their way.

  • 100 kilometers to the south, they would reach W.

  • National Park, where they would find water cases on peace and quiet.

  • All year long Park is called W because of the meandering shape of the *** River that crosses it.

  • Many animals live there peacefully.

  • Buffalo Defensor, water Buck or a B.

  • But W is also the territory of the giraffes.

  • Worst predator, the lion.

  • He looks out for his prey from a large rock overlooking the river.

  • This is what he's found is the least tiring.

  • The first antelope to take a drink will be in trouble.

  • The vegetation is dense in W, too dense for the giraffe.

  • Its large size condemns it to living in a more open space on the giraffe is wary of lions capable of pouncing on it when it stoops down to drink.

  • That river has other teeth.

  • Those of the Nile crocodile?

  • No, if there's no antelope or giraffe, the lion who is a lazy hunter will be content with a guinea fowl for dinner so the giraffes won't go into W.

  • Their road stops in the Tiger bush.

  • This is a degraded savannah where vegetation and letter right, alternating parallel strips in a pattern resembling the coat of the tiger.

  • At the end of the month of May, heavy rain falls on southern ***.

  • In a few weeks, the landscape is transformed.