Blood Pressure Responses of Wild Giraffes Studied by Radio Telemetry

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Science  15 Apr 1966:
Vol. 152, Issue 3720, pp. 384-386
DOI: 10.1126/science.152.3720.384


Blood pressure was telemetered from transducers chronically implanted in the carotid arteries of two adult, wild, male giraffes captured and released near Kiboko, Kenya. Cerebral perfusion pressure ranged from 280/180 mm-Hg while the animal was lying with its head on the ground to 125/75 mm-Hg when it was standing erect; it varied between these levels during spontaneous activity such as walking, grazing, and running.