During this time of the year, the northern Namibian skies often appear dull and grey. As we are hoping for rain, the dust and some promising clouds create somewhat of a twilight feel. We found Tima on her way to a waterhole ready to quench her thirst.
On her way, she was approached by a giraffe bull, who clearly had other things on his mind than a drink at the waterhole. This guy was clearly checking her out.
If you look closely he can see how he purses his lips in what is called a flehmen response. He is using his olfactory-chemosensory organ located between the roof of the mouth and the palate, to gather chemical ‘messages’ from her urine to find out if she is receptive to reproduction.