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Cathie Rowand - The Journal Gazette
Ezeji, 2, male, arrived from the Indianapolis Zoo late 2011. The new state of the art giraffe barn is four times larger than the previous giraffe barn. The extra space enabled the Fort Wayne Children's zoo to acquire another male. Male giraffes have to be separated at all times.

Cathie Meets the Giraffes

Camera: NIKON D2Hs

Shutter: 1/125 s

Aperture: f/3.5

Exposure Setting: Shutter Priority

ISO: 1250

Strobe Flash: Did Not Fire

Lens Focal Length: 25 mm

White Balance: Auto

Shooter's Comments:

I met the new two year-old giraffe, Ezeji, who came from the Indianapolis Zoo. I also got to see the other Fort Wayne Children's Zoo giraffes in their new giraffe barn, which is four times larger than the old barn.

One of the great new features in the new barn was a training platform that enabled me to get some nice video of the giraffe keepers feeding the giraffes. I quickly took a photo, thinking that the giraffes would take the food and leave. This wasn't the case. The giraffes have a bottomless pit for a stomach and will eat as long as someone hands them food. I had plenty of time to shoot video and take photos. I also got to feed the giraffes.

The photo of Ezeji was shot through a fence. The section he was in wasn't close to the training platform. I had to wait awhile for him to step back from the fence. He was a very enthusiastic eater, so he was mostly close to the fence. I did mange to get a few shots that I put in a gallery. I also made a video of Ezeji and the other giraffes.

- Cathie Rowand, Photojournalist