Adaptations of Mom the Giraffe Structural • Neck: Giraffes use their long necks to reach for leaves high in trees. They only have seven vertebrae in their necks, the same as humans. Their neck has evolved over time in longer length due to competition of food. • Legs: Their front legs are longer than their back legs, which also helps them to reach the treetops. • Storage of Water: Living in a dry climate, giraffes have a hump in their back like a camel to store water as they travel. Mammal Behavioral • Sleep: Giraffes sleep for about only 5-30 minutes in 1 day and only a few members of the herd sleep at a time. They have adapted over time to this due to the increase of death during sleep. • Herds: Giraffes travel in herds because it rare that a lion will go after an adult giraffe when not sleeping. They are hard to tell apart and will surround young to protect them. • Sounds: Make a variety of sounds, including moos, roars, snorts, hisses, and grunts. They just very rarely do so. One sound giraffes make when they’re alarmed is a snort. These sounds help other herd members able to protect themselves.
Adaptations Of Dad the Elephant Structural Behavioral • Muscular trunk:serves as a nose, a hand, an extra foot, a signaling device and a tool for gathering food, tap water, dusting, digging and a variety of other functions. • Ears:large ears to hear predators and to keep in heat in colder temperatures and release heat in heat • Body Covering: no fur, allowing the body to cool quickly in warm temperatures • Migration: African elephants usually migrate at the beginning of the dry season, between June and November; heading toward more hospitable locations near rivers and water sources that are not prone to drying. • Travel in Herds: 8-100 elephants travel in a herd for protection and to help raise young. • Communication: elephants communication through sounds of their trunks, pounding of their feet or spraying of water to allow the herd to get food, water or protection from predators. Mammal
Mom’s and Dad’s Habitat Giraffe Habitat: Sahara Desert in Eastern and Southern Africa. Open plains of the African Savanna inhabiting western and central regions of Africa Elephant Habitat: Sahara with forest inhabiting western and central regions of Africa and Savanna Desert in Eastern and Southern Africa
Offspring: A New Species Is Born Girelephant Genetics Trait Key
Adaptations and Evolution of the Calf Habitat: The best climate for the Girelephant calf (Luther) is the desert in Africa. Adaptations: • The short and stocky body and a spotted gray fur coat helps keep Luther warm and camouflaged at night in the cool desert. His long neck and legs help him see his predators from a far distance. His ears and eyes help him hear predators coming, allowing him to use his trunk to alert the other members of the herd. • Luther’s trunk also helps him bathe and drink water. His long tongue, neck and tusk help him have easy access to food low on the ground in a log or high up in the trees. The nice thing about Luther is that he can store water for weeks at a time, in his hump on his back (which he inherited from his mother) a crucial adaptation to have in the hot desert climate.
Rhinoster Girelephant Eagolf Trunk 4 legs No Wings Cold Milk Live Birth Hair