Giraffe chewing a Grant’s gazelle carcass

Nesbit Evans (1970) observed the Rothschild's giraffe (Girajfa camelopardalis rothschildi Lydekker) eating the stomach contents of an eland carcass and picking up the lower jaw, which it did not chew. She mentions that osteophagia is fairly commos in domestic stock suffering from phosphorus deficiency, but is unrecorded for the giraffe.

The following record of the Maasai giraffe (Girajfa camelopardalis tippelskirchi Matschie) chewing bones was observed in Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve.


Last Updated
April 10, 2021