The Giraffes of Dabous

In northern Niger, about half-way between the towns of Agadez and Arlit, and a few miles west of the tar road connecting these two places lies a stony outcrop at the top of which is an exceptionally detailed petroglyph of two life-sized giraffes. This region, known as Dabous, is home to a large number of prehistoric carvings depicting cattle and wild animals, hinting to a period of time when Africa was much wetter than it is today with lush vegetation, trees and lakes, that allowed these animals to survive. The two giraffes are the most famous because of the size of the carvings, the realism and techniques used to depict them.

Dabous Giraffes

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Dabous Giraffes in Dabous, Niger. Photo credit: Mike Hettwer/National Geographic


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