The secret sex life of gay giraffes

Few animals have filled as many children’s picture books as the mighty giraffe. Little do those illustrators know how incredibly gay they are.

Gay giraffes illustration from Queer Animals Coloring zine. Written by author of trans speculative fiction, Kes Otter Lieffe. Illustrated by Anja Van Geert. This coloring zine celebrates the diversity of animals and our beautiful queer communities.

Male giraffes have a unique form of flirting and seduction. It’s called necking. For up to an hour they’ll stand next to each other and gently rub their necks all over each other’s bodies. This leads to erections all round and often orgasms. They might get excited enough to mount each other too. They might mount a few times and sometimes in groups of up to four or five. That’s a lot of neck.

Giraffes are not big breeders and only a small percentage of adults breed at all. In one study, during 3,200 hours of detailed study over an entire year, only one single straight mating was observed. In another study, on the other hand, gay mounting and necking made up an impressive 94% of all giraffe sexual activity.

So next time you see a giraffe in a picture book or a commercial, just remember: super gay.


Read more about gay giraffes in our Queer Animals zine

Queer Animals Coloring zine by author of trans speculative fiction, Kes Otter Lieffe. Illustrated by Anja Van Geert. This coloring zine celebrates the diversity of animals and our beautiful queer communities.

Lesbian lizards, gay giraffes, bisexual red deer and sex-changing clownfish. This colouring book celebrates the diversity of animals and the ways in which our beautiful queer communities exist far beyond the realms of human culture.

So many of us grew up with wildlife programmes and school biology classes that never once mention these aspects of life on Earth. A male meets a female, seduces her with his bright feathers or funky dance and they very quickly mate. And that’s it. The implication has always been that that the whole point of life is to make little baby animals and there is nothing in the great natural world that might challenge the cis-het norms of biologists.

This entertaining and educational resource liberates this knowledge and helps free us all to be our true selves. 


Gay giraffes Illustration by Anja Van Geert.