Asha, previously known as KHBF035, is a new addition to our Adopt-a-Giraffe family and was named by one of our Adopt-a-Giraffe members.
She is an adult female desert-dwelling giraffe who was first spotted in the Khumib River in northwest Namibia where she likes to hang out as part of a rather tight-knit female herd. While the exact composition changes, we mostly see her in the company of a few female friends and their calves. Occasionally, male visitors pass through the area and pay these ladies a visit.
Cliff (HNBM070) is a younger adult male, being first spotted in February 2016 as a sub-adult, meaning we can estimate his age to be between 7 and 10 years.
He is also one of our most recognizable giraffe, not only for his special facial features but he also has a gorgeous marking that we think looks like the African continent around the top of his left front leg – can you spot it??
Coffee Bean (HNBM027) is an adult male desert-dwelling giraffe in northwest Namibia
He is a confident bull in the prime of his life and stands tall with pride. While roaming his environment during the day, he is camouflaged by his cleverly designed spot patterns which blend with the dappled light of the desert. His bald ossicones (this is the correct name for giraffe ‘horns’) show us that he spends time participating in contests with other males for breeding rights. When not fighting for dominance, this gentle giant is often seen in the company of other giraffe, gracefully making their way along the dry Hoanib River while browsing their favourite trees.
Dobby (HSBM044) is a young male desert-dwelling giraffe who roams far and wide across the vast desert plains of northwest Namibia in search of his two favourite things.
His especially big ears pick up any warning sounds of approaching predators, and his long neck gives him an excellent vantage point. What are his two favourite things? Food, especially Ana trees, and female giraffe of course!
Kaoko (HSBF026) is a graceful and confident adult female desert-dwelling giraffe, who spends most of her time in the Hoarusib River in northwest Namibia.
She spends her days moving peacefully up and down the dry riverbed’s length, often in the company of other female giraffe.
When she is not delicately using her prehensile tongue to locate the tastiest leaves, she is often seen quietly ruminating in the shade of the tall trees that line the riverbed.
Kunene (HNB056) is a beautiful and gentle female desert-dwelling giraffe.
She is named after the region where she lives in northwest Namibia.
We have observed her reaching maturity in recent years and since then, Kunene has begun to venture beyond her familiar range, and we find her wandering along the Hoanib River in search of food. Often, she is seen in herds of adult female giraffe, where she finds company and learns skills that help her survive in the harsh landscapes of the Namibian desert.
Monkey (HNBF027) is a gregarious adult female desert-dwelling giraffe.
She can usually be found browsing in the middle section of the Hoarusib River in the company of other female and male giraffe.
She has been one of our adopted giraffe since she was a young calf, and has developed quite a reputation because of her cheeky personality. She is not very keen on being photographed and while we spot her quite often, she likes to play hide-and-seek with our vehicle by expertly hiding behind a tree or bushes whenever the camera comes out!
Ninja (HSBM136) is a handsome male giraffe with a calm and rather sweet personality.
While he was first identified in the Hoarusib River he is very mobile – to put it mildly. We never know where to find him and he moves frequently between river systems and seems to know all the giraffe back-routes through the steep and rocky mountains. He is always good for a surprise encounter when we least expect him.
Windy (HNBF030), who was first spotted in 2002 as a young female sub-adult, is now a mature adult desert-dwelling giraffe.
At over eighteen years of age, Windy is one of the oldest documented wild female giraffe in the whole of Africa.
Scientifically, Windy’s advanced age is making history! She spends most of her time in the Hoanib River, where she is often seen in the company of younger adult female giraffe and their calves. As an experienced mother – having had a number of offspring of her own – Windy readily takes on the role as the resident ‘aunty’, watching over and protecting other giraffe’s calves while their mothers venture away for short periods in search of better browse.
Winky Wonk (HNBM038) is an adult male desert-dwelling giraffe in northwest Namibia. He is easy to recognise because he has a bent left ossicone (horn).
He is often seen roaming around on the lookout for females, and even though he has a bent ossicone, his ability to challenge other bulls does not seem to be affected. Like all the giraffe living in this part of Namibia, Winky Wonk is specially adapted to cope with the harsh desert conditions. He is able to walk long distances without having to rely on regular water sources, and browsing in the early hours of the morning when there is lots of moisture in the air from fog from the nearby coast allows him to get enough water from his food.
Zora (HNBF088) is a desert-dwelling female giraffe that roams along the Hoanib River in northwest Namibia.
Zora has a very distinct look – actually, it is more of an attitude. We mostly recognize her instantly by the way she is giving us ‘the look’ when she spots us in a distance. If that fails, she is easily identified by the prominent arrow-shaped spot on her right shoulder. Interestingly, she shares a very similar arrow-shaped spot in almost the exact same part of her body with her daughter Zorba.