Mating Giraffes, S218 Kruger NP, 2022 nov 09

Mating Giraffes, S218 Kruger NP, 2022 nov 09


The Giraffe is the tallest living animal on land and despite its height is most closely related to the much smaller and solitary Okapi, which is found elusively dwelling in dense tropical forests. There are nine recognized subspecies of giraffes that are found in differing geographic locations and vary somewhat in the color and pattern of their spot-like markings.


Although the Giraffes would have once been found across sub-Saharan Africa and even in parts of North Africa, today they are extinct from much of their historically vast natural range with only small, isolated populations remaining in a handful of regions in central Africa.

Further south, however, Giraffe populations are considered to be stable and are even growing in some areas due to an increase in demand for them on private ranches.

Different Types of Giraffes

Because the species is so endangered, there are only four different types of giraffes still left in existence. These four types are:

  • Northern giraffe
  • Reticulated giraffe
  • Southern giraffe
  • Masai giraffe

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