Monthly Challenges April Monthly - Giraffe
The giraffe (Giraffa) is a genus of African even-toed ungulate mammals, the tallest living terrestrial animals and the largest ruminants. The genus currently consists of one species, Giraffa camelopardalis, the type species. Giraffes usually inhabit savannahs and woodlands. Their food source is leaves, fruits and flowers of woody plants, primarily acacia species, which they browse at heights most other herbivores cannot reach.
Giraffes live in herds of related females and their offspring, or bachelor herds of unrelated adult males, but are gregarious and may gather in large aggregations. Males establish social hierarchies through "necking", which are combat bouts where the neck is used as a weapon. Dominant males gain mating access to females, which bear the sole responsibility for raising the young. Reproduction in giraffes is broadly polygamous: a few older males mate with the fertile females.
Giraffes have high adult survival probability, and an unusually long lifespan compared to other ruminants, up to 25 years in the wild. Two subspecies, the West African giraffe and the Rothschild giraffe, have been classified as endangered, as wild populations of each of them number in the hundreds.
The giraffe was also known to the Greeks and Romans, who believed that it was an unnatural hybrid of a camel and a leopard and called it camelopardalis. The giraffe was among the many animals collected and displayed by the Romans. The first one in Rome was brought in by Julius Caesar in 46 BC and exhibited to the public. With the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the housing of giraffes in Europe declined. During the Middle Ages, giraffes were known to Europeans through contact with the Arabs, who revered the giraffe for its peculiar appearance.
Individual captive giraffes were given celebrity status throughout history. In 1414, a giraffe was shipped from Malindi to Bengal. It was then taken to China by explorer Zheng He and placed in a Ming dynasty zoo. The animal was a source of fascination for the Chinese people, who associated it with the mythical Qilin. The Medici giraffe was a giraffe presented to Lorenzo de' Medici in 1486. It caused a great stir on its arrival in Florence. Zarafa, another famous giraffe, was brought from Egypt to Paris in the early 19th century as a gift from Muhammad Ali of Egypt to Charles X of France. A sensation, the giraffe was the subject of numerous memorabilia or "giraffanalia".
Giraffes continue to have a presence in modern culture. Several children's books feature the giraffe, including David A. Ufer's The Giraffe Who Was Afraid of Heights, Giles Andreae's Giraffes Can't Dance and Roald Dahl's The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me. Giraffes have appeared in animated films, as minor characters in Disney's The Lion King and Dumbo, and in more prominent roles in The Wild and in the Madagascar films. Sophie the Giraffe has been a popular teether since 1961. Another famous fictional giraffe is the Toys "R" Us mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe.
April Monthly - Giraffe
Duration: April 1, 2018-April 30, 2018
Level One: 1-6 tasks
Level Two: 7-15 tasks
Pick your level.
You may use the tasks as many times as you wish.
🔆 Read a book whose title begins with a G.
The Gates of Evangeline Hester Young 4/4/18
The Good Daughter Karin Slaughter 4/23/18
🔆 Read a book that a tall character.
Tough Luck Hero Maisey Yates 4/3/18
Rock Wedding Nalini Singh 4/6/18
🔆 Read a book with a character that is a vegetarian or vegan.
Crystal Cove Lisa Kleypas 4/11/18
🔆 Read a standalone book.
Now That You Mention It Kristan Higgins 4/19/18
🔆 Read a book with a field or forest on the cover. Please post the cover.
🔆 Read a book in which a giraffe is featured.
🔆 Read a book with a giraffe on the cover. Please post the cover.
🔆 Read a book with leaves, fruits and flowers on the cover. Please post the cover.
🔆 Read a book with an acacia tree on the cover. Please post the cover.
🔆 Read a book that features a group of women.
Unraveling the Pieces Terri DuLong 4/9/18
Farewell to Cedar Key Terri DuLong 4/14/18
🔆 Read a book that features a bachelor.
Pucked Over Helena Hunting 4/17/18
Don't Let Go Harlan Coben 4/22/18
🔆 Read a book with a combat scene.
🔆 Read a book with a dominant male (your interpretation).
Marriage Games C.D. Reiss 4/1/18
Separation Games C.D. Reiss 4/2/18
🔆 Read a book with a single mother as the MC.
🔆 Read a book with polygamous people.
Two Times the Charm Christin Lovell 4/7/18
🔆 Read book that was published more than 25 years ago.
🔆 Read a book whose title begins with a W, A or R.
Rock Redemption Nalini Singh 4/5/18
Rock Hard Nalini Singh 4/5/18
🔆 Read a book with the word WILD in the title.
Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning Patricia McLinn 4/30/18
🔆 Read a book where something/someone is endangered. Tell us what/who it is.
Stephanie and Lula Hardcore Twenty-Four Janet Evanovich 4/16/18
Eve Wilson I Can See You Karen Rose 4/25/18
Flora Find Her Lisa Gardner 4/30/18
🔆 Read a book set in Africa.
🔆 Read a book where the first letter in each title word is in "Camelopardalis" - three word minimum.
🔆 Read a book whose cover is camel colored or with spots like a leopard.
🔆 Read a book where an animal is collected. Tell us how.
🔆 Read a book where a character goes to a zoo.
🔆 Read a book where a character travels to China, Italy or France.
France Secrets On Cedar Key Terri DuLong 4/13/18
🔆 Read a book by an author mentioned above OR with a character named Sophie or Geoffrey.
🔆 Read a book from Plains, Savannahs, Prairies, and Grasslands, OR Meadows and Fields, Savannah and Steppes.
🔆 Read a book with FOUR legs on the cover - may have feet but no other body parts. Please post the cover.
Info from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giraffe
Photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim
*For each book that you read please post a link to the book, the author and the date you finished it.
*Each book may only be used for one task or letter
*To count a book towards a challenge you must read the majority of it after the start date of the challenge.
* Where more than one option is given for a task, please state which option your book relates to.
*If the task relates to the cover of your book, please post the cover AND the book link.
*All genres and formats are fine.
*Re-reads are allowed.
*No page minimum.
*Please update your original post as you go.
*When you have finished, please re-post your whole challenge as a new message and MARK AS FINISHED or you will not be considered to have completed the challenge and we will not be able to award your Hall of Fame badge
(Even if you don't hit the level you were aiming for by the deadline, please re-post your challenge anyway as you may still be eligible for a lower level badge.)
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