Winning by a Neck: Tall Giraffes Avoid Competing with Shorter Browsers

@article{Cameron2006WinningBA,
  title={Winning by a Neck: Tall Giraffes Avoid Competing with Shorter Browsers},
  author={Elissa Z. Cameron and Johan T du Toit},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={2006},
  volume={169},
  pages={130 - 135}
}
With their vertically elongated body form, giraffes generally feed above the level of other browsers within the savanna browsing guild, despite having access to foliage at lower levels. They ingest more leaf mass per bite when foraging high in the tree, perhaps because smaller, more selective browsers deplete shoots at lower levels or because trees differentially allocate resources to promote shoot growth in the upper canopy. We erected exclosures around individual Acacia nigrescens trees in… 
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