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Mama Giraffes’ Spot Patterns Are Passed Down to Their Babies

Newborn giraffes that have large and irregularly shaped spots have a better chance of surviving their first few months of life, according to a new study. Credit: Derek Lee, Wild Nature Institute/Penn State Can you spot the difference between coat patterns of mother giraffes and their gangly, knobby-kneed babies? It turns out that similarities are surprisingly easy to find. That’s because young giraffes inherit much of the detail in their spots from their mamas, and the distribution and shape of their spots determines how well the baby can hide from hungry predators, researchers recently discovered. Giraffes’ spots are commonly thought to provide protective camouflage for youngsters as they hide in the dappled light cast by vegetation, scientists reported in the new study. But until now, analysis of the animals’ spot traits and how they benefit giraffes has been, well, spotty. The researchers decided to do something about that.  For the study, scientists investigated wild Masai giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchii) at the Tarangire National Park in northern Tanzania. Masai giraffes are known for the complexity and individual variation in their spots, according to the study. Documenting and inspecting the spots on wild giraffes requires time and patience, lead study author Derek Lee, an associate research professor in the Department of Biology at Pennsylvania State University, told Live Science in an email. During the researchers’ surveys, they went looking for giraffes by picking an area and then driving slowly along all the dirt roads. Once they located a group of animals, they would drive off-road to a distance within about 330 feet (100 meters) of the herd, and carefully maneuver into position to... read more

2018 Certificate of Excellence

Once again, Mara Siria has been awarded the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018 – Mara Siria have now been awarded with the Certificate of Excellence for seven (7) consecutive years. By this, we are proud to be inducted in the “Hall of Fame” of more than five (5) time Certificate of Excellence Winners on the world’s most popular Travel Site. With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers. This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions. The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12... read more
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