23 March 2021: Ninja

We spotted Ninja observing from high on a hill along the river bank before taking to the shade for a rest. He was near, but not part of, the larger all female and youngster herd that fellow adopt giraffe ‘Kunene’ was with that day. Males need to be in the right place at the right time for breeding opportunities. Ninja seems to have perfect timing as some of the females in that herd are expecting very soon. It’s possible he sired some or could be the father to be for next time. Paternity (father/sire) is not easily determined as giraffe don’t mate for life and males don’t take part in calf rearing. Either way Ninja is a dominant bull that knows his way around the ladies.

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