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My Favorite Giraffe Stuff

Some interesting facts

The giraffe is the world's tallest animal. Giraffes eat twigs and leaves. Giraffes measure up to 18 feet high and can weigh over a ton. They travel in herds. There are 12-24 giraffes in a herd. Giraffes have seven bones in their neck. At birth they measure over 5 feet and continue to grow for about ten years. The giraffes have babies every two years. Giraffes inherit their glorious spots at birth, and each is unique--like our fingerprints. Some giraffes are born with no spots at all. All subspecies interbreed freely and they can be very hard to differentiate.

Giraffe family includes:

1. Reticulated - Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata - large, polygonal liver-colored spots outlined by a network of bright white lines. The blocks may sometimes appear deep red and may also cover the legs. Range: northeastern Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia

2. Masai - Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi - jagged-edged, vine-leaf shaped spots of dark chocolate on a yellowish background. Range: central and southern Kenya, Tanzania

3. Baringo/Rothchild - Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi - deep brown, blotched or rectangular spots with poorly defined cream lines. Hocks may be spotted. Range: Uganda, north-central Kenya

4. Nubian - Giraffa camelopardalis camelopardalis - large, four-sided spots of chestnul brown on an off-white background and no spots on inner sides of the legs or below the hocks. Range: eastern Sudan, northeast Congo

5. Kordofan - Giraffa camelopardalis antiquorum - smaller, more irregular spots that do cover the inner legs. Range: western and southwestern Sudan

6. Nigerian - Giraffa camelopardalis peralta - numberous pale, yellowish red spots. Range: Chad

7. Cape - Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa or capensis - rounded or blotched spots, some with starlike extensions on a light tan background, running down to the hooves. Range: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique

8. Angola - Giraffa camelopardalis angolensis - large spots and some notches around the edges, extending down the entire lower leg. Range: Angola,Zambia

9. Thornicroft - Giraffa camelopardalis thornicrofti - star-shaped or leafy spots extend to the lower leg. Range: eastern Zambia


Here are my favorite giraffe links. Please come and visit them.

My Favorite Sites for Shopping

Seasick Giraffe

Martha Carey Sculptures - Giraffe Herd

Other Giraffe Links

My Giraffe Collection Online

Janet's Giraffe Haven

Giraffe Manor

I Love Giraffes

Ashley's Page

Jennifer's Giraffe Home Page

Matt's Wicked World of Giraffes

All Things Giraffe

Giraffe Lover's Club

My Page at EBay

Links to +160 Giraffe Sites

Giraffe Robot

Giraffe Photo's

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Giraffe Camera