Siena, Italy - Contrada - Giraffa (Giraffe)
Standard bearer of the Contrada of Giraffa (Giraffe), Siena, Italy. At birth you become a member of one of the 17 Contrade (Districts) and your life revolves around your Contrada. Each contrada is named after an animal or symbol with individual (and complicated!) heraldic and semi-mythological associations and devices. The contrade race against each other in the famous horse race the 'Palio' around the tight (and dangerous) streets of the city. Date: circa 1903
Animals at a French Zoo - Giraffe
Animals at a French Zoo - Giraffe - Giraffe in Paddock. Part of Box 209 Boswell collection - Old and New French Zoo.The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. Its species name refers to its camel-like appearance and the patches of color on its fur. Its chief distinguishing characteristics are its extremely long neck and legs, its horn-like ossicones, and its distinctive coat patterns. It stands 56 m (1620 ft) tall and has an average weight of 1, 600 kg (3, 500 lb) for males and 830 kg (1, 830 lb) for females. It is classified under the family Giraffidae, along with its closest extant relative, the okapi. The nine subspecies are distinguished by their coat patterns. Date: circa 1900
© The Boswell Collection, Bexley Heritage Trust / Mary Evans
Giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis
Giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis. . Handcolored copperplate stipple engraving from Frederic Cuvier's Dictionary of Natural Science: Mammals, Paris, France, 1816. Illustration by J. G. Pretre, engraved by Carnonkel, directed by Pierre Jean-Francois Turpin, and published by F.G. Levrault. Jean Gabriel Pretre (1780-1845) was painter of natural history at Empress Josephine's zoo and later became artist to the Museum of Natural History.
© Florilegius / Mary Evans