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Maasai Giraffe

Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi

Description:

The Maasai Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi), also known as the Kilimanjaro Giraffe, is the largest subspecies of giraffe and the tallest land mammal. It is found in Kenya and Tanzania. The Masai Giraffe has jagged spots on its body. It also has a short tassel of hair on its tail. The bony outgrowths of the male's skull superficially provide the appearance of up to 5 ossicones. The dominant male's spots tend to be darker in colour than those of other members of its herd. Two Masai Giraffes in Mikumi National Park Adult males usually reach around 6 m in height—although they have been recorded at reaching heights of up to approximately 6.5 m—and females tend to be a bit shorter at around 5–5.5 m tall. Their legs and necks are both approximately 2 m long, and their heart has a mass of roughly 12 kg (25 lb)

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1 Comment

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Seeing this magnificent animal in the wild must be incredible! Beautiful pattern! The information about their sizes (especially the heart) is very interesting!

CindyCor
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CindyCor

Narok, Kenya

Spotted on Oct 10, 2012
Submitted on Nov 9, 2012

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