giraffe: up high and personal

This film focuses on the towering giants of the animal kingdom – the Giraffe - and tries hard to fit them into the frame whilst exploring the animal’s social life, behaviour as well as genetic constitution.

programme information


1 x 60'

Production Company

A Terra Mater Factual Studios production in co-production with National Geographic Channel.






New York Festivals 2016 (New York, USA): Bronze World Medal (Category: Nature & Wildlife)

Episode Information

Giraffes are extreme in every way – nearly six metres tall, they are wonders of physiology. But for a long time, scientists and conservationists paid little attention to Africa’s high society. Filmmakers as well often seem to overlook these gentle giants: in many films about the African savannah, giraffes are just the extras since they don't seem to do anything exciting – but nothing could be further from the truth. Behaviour, social life and body constitution offer a lot of surprises: giraffe families seem to mourn for their dead. According to science, the dark patches of their fur serve to regulate their body temperature in the hot savannah. Furthermore, giraffes have a head start into life: during birth, the mother is standing – so the new-born calf falls about two meters down to the ground. And there is not just one species of giraffe, but at least six distinct ones – some of them on the brink of extinction. In an attempt to save these animals, scientists are planning to capture, collar and relocate giraffes on a large scale. Following a creative approach and unusual perspectives, outstanding aerial footage and breath-taking landscape photography complement the behavioural sequences, depicting the fascinating, yet little known lives of giraffes.

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