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Maasai Giraffe

Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi

Description:

The Masai Giraffe or Maasai Giraffe, also known as the Kilimanjaro Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) is the largest subspecies of giraffe and the tallest land mammal. It is found in Kenya and Tanzania. The Maasai 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. 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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3 Comments

July Llanes
July Llanes 9 years ago

Thank you! :)

animaisfotos
animaisfotos 9 years ago

Very lovely juvenile in the second shot. Great sequence. Thanks for sharing.

cormoros75
cormoros75 9 years ago

Beautiful.... You've gotta love Giraffes

July Llanes
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July Llanes

Mara, Tanzania

Spotted on Jul 15, 2008
Submitted on Jan 26, 2012

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