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!
Size: 4.3 - 5.3m
Weight: Male 970 - 1,900kg Female 700 - 950kg
Reticulated giraffe are found in open savannah and wooded grasslands in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. They are also known as the Somali giraffe.
Giraffes are browsers mainly feeding on Acacia trees. Giraffes drink regularly when water is available, but can go for long periods without drinking.
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!
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.