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Animal Kingdom Youngsters - Part 2

Sharon Sipple returns with Part 2 of her photo blog of the Animal Kingdom Youngsters.

In this blog I will share photos of young elephants and giraffes that you can find on the Kilimanjaro Safari ride.

Reticulated Giraffe

Giraffes are the tallest animal in the world and can grow up to 20 feet tall. Although they look graceful as they move about the savanna, they can weigh as much as 2,500 pounds. Despite its length and flexibility, the neck of the giraffe is too short to reach the ground. In order to drink, the animal must awkwardly spread its legs wide so its head can reach the water. (Field Guide to Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park)

These male giraffes were born one week apart in October 2009. Their names are Bolo and Bruehler. (You can learn more in the Press Release issued when the babies were born.)

These photos are from March 2010.

Giraffe
Canon 50D, ISO 1000, 1/500 sec, F14, 190mm

Giraffe
Canon 50D, ISO 1000, 1/500 sec, F14, 190mm

Giraffe
Canon 50D, ISO 800, 1/500 sec, F10, 300mm

Giraffe
Canon 50D, ISO 800, 1/500 sec, F10, 250mm

Giraffe
Canon 50D, ISO 1000, 1/320 sec, F20, 330mm

Giraffe
Canon 50D, ISO 1000, 1/200 sec, F20, 300mm

Giraffe
Canon 50D, ISO 1250, 1/500 sec, F14, 100mm

I have often been asked how I can capture such great shots. The elephants and giraffes were taken while on Kilimanjaro Safari. As many of you know, it is not easy to get good pictures while on a moving vehicle. The other challenge is that some of the animals, such as the Gibbons monkeys are pretty far away. Lastly, the animals do not always cooperate. You must have patience and be willing to try multiple times, and at different times of the day. You never know what you may get on a given adventure.


African Elephant

As you ride along the Kilimanjaro Safari and pass the Flamingo Pool, you'll soon be in Elephant country!.

Moyo gave birth to Tsavo in 2008, the fourth elephant born at Animal Kingdom. Tufani, who is Moyo's first male calf, was born in 2003; Kianga, a female, was born in 2004; and Nadirah, the youngest female, joined the herd in 2005. All remain on the savannah at Disney's Animal Kingdom. (You can learn more in the Press Release issued when the baby was born.)

African Elephant

African Elephant

African Elephant

African Elephant

African Elephant

African Elephant

I hope you enjoyed this blog on Animal Kingdom Youngsters. Feel free to leave your comments below! Be sure and check back tomorrow for Part 3 of my blog, Animal Kingdom Youngsters!

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The previous post in this blog was Animal Kingdom Youngsters - Part 1.

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Comments (6)

website mumbai:

the pictures are very good . in this picture the baby elephant taking help of mother elephant to stand it is very nice ..

Jamie:

Wow! What great photos! We go to the World every year, so we've been able to see many of the baby elephants. They are just adorable. You're so lucky to have gotten such great shots.

My other favorites on the safaris are the white rhinos, so thank you for the pictures of the baby! Every single time I have ever been on Kilimanjaro Safaris, the white rhinos have been on my side of the truck, no matter what side I sit on.

Thanks for the AMAZING pictures!

Sharon Sipple:

Thank for the kind words regarding the pictures. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share them with fellow Disney and animal lovers!

Sharon

Penny:

Sooooo Cute! They look like they're smiling at each other.

Marie:

I love the photo of the elephants in which their trunks are intertwined - they look like they are smiling! So cute!

Cara Richards:

Adorable elephant photos - I only seem to manage to get pictures of their back-sides when I take pictures on the Safari - ha ha!

Cara
Portsmouth, England

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