Although the etymology of the word 'giraffe' is a bit ambiguous, one of my favorite explanations of the name is that it is partially rooted in the Arabic word 'zarafa' which roughly translates to 'fast walker'. For these desert and savannah wanderers, covering substantial ground is often a requisite to find sufficient resources. With their long legs and graceful gate, they are supremely adapted to meet this challenge.
In the otherworldly landscapes of Namibia's ephemeral Hoanib, desert elephants saunter between water points, stripping the high branches of Fadherbia trees along the sandy dry river beds. They are giants in a barren land.