A gerenuk indigenous to East Africa
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The gerenuk may look like a rough draft for a giraffe. At first glance, the bovid resembles many other species of gazelle that populate various regions of Africa. But the gerenuk’s neck is just a bit longer than the others. It uses that neck to reach the leaves higher up on bushes and trees—leaves that other gazelle species can’t reach. A gerenuk will even stand on its hind legs to reach leaves farther up.
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