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Reticulated Giraffe

Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata

There is only one species of giraffe, but many subspecies. The reticulated giraffe is distinguished from other subspecies of giraffe by its distinctive colouring and patterns. In fact the latest scientific research suggests that the reticulated giraffe is so genetically different from the other sub-species that it could be considered a separate species!

measurements

Measurements

Size: 4.3 - 5.3m
Weight: Male 970 - 1,900kg Female 700 - 950kg

habitat

Habitat

Reticulated giraffe are found in open savannah and wooded grasslands in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. They are also known as the Somali giraffe.

diet

Diet

Giraffes are browsers mainly feeding on Acacia trees. Giraffes drink regularly when water is available, but can go for long periods without drinking.

behaviour

Breeding

Female giraffe are pregnant for 14-15 months giving birth to one calf. The young have a very rough welcome into the world as giraffe give birth standing up, so the young have a long drop when they are born!

threat

Conservation

Giraffe have recently been classed as ‘Vulnerable’, as their wild population has dropped dramatically in just 30 years. Reticulated giraffe numbers are believed to have declined by up to 80%. Habitat loss and degradation are major threats, along with hunting for their meat and hide. Thankfully many giraffe do occur in protected areas and there is a successful captive breeding programme.

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