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A giraffe stands in a patch of burnt velt. Controlled fires are regularly used as a means of maintaining the well-being of the habitat, and to lessen the damage of wild fires.

You’d think that giraffes are easy to spot, but the truth is they can sometimes be quite elusive. That was not the case on this occasion when I photographed one in the middle of an open patch of recently burned velt, while on a game drive at Bayala Game Lodge, near Hluhluwe, South Africa – possibly having a nibble on the freshly sprouted grass.

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