Occasionally they ran across small herds of cattle and she began to realize how large his ranch actually was.
Formerly giraffes were found in large herds, but persecution has reduced their number and led to their extermination from many districts.
In the wild state it is gregarious, associating in herds of ten, twenty or more individuals, and, though it may under certain circumstances become dangerous, it is generally inoffensive and even timid, fond of shade and solitude and the neighbourhood of water.
The herds, which are led by females, appear in general to be family parties; and although commonly restricted to from thirty to fifty, may occasionally include as many as one hundred head.
The old bulls are very generally solitary for a considerable portion of the year, but return to the herds during the pairing season.
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