Animals Nature

By Lucy Harvey


A giraffe appears super-sized thanks to an optical illusion created by a photographer.

Photographer Bobby-Jo Vial, 36 from Dubbo, Australia saw a herd of around 15 giraffes at the river’s edge at South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.

Taking the shots at a low angle, she’s managed to convince people that she’d captured a new humongous species on camera.

She said: “I find large animals like giraffes difficult to photograph due to their large and awkward size.

“You either have to zoom in and focus on their head or you need to photograph their entire body.

“I have had some wonderful comments about the images, especially from the many giraffe fans who follow my photography.

“There has been comments made on the size of the giraffe at the front but people also realise that it is just the angle and perspective making him appear bigger.”

Bobby-Jo claims that many people do not realise that giraffes have now been classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as ‘vulnerable.’

She added: “There is predicted to only be 111,000 giraffe left in Africa with a 30 per cent decline since the 1980’s.

“You can help protect and conserve giraffe by supporting the work of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF).”



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