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Marked with jagged spots, the Masai Giraffe, also known as the Kilimanjaro Giraffe, is the largest subspecies of giraffe. As the tallest animals in the world, giraffes have a clear view of their surroundings on the African savanna. With excellent eyesight, they often detect predators and threats from a greater distance than do other animals.

giraffe with neck stretched out

Did You Know?

The giraffe’s six foot long neck contains just seven bones, the same number as other mammals, including you.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi

Southern Kenya and Tanzania

Savanna and woodland

13 to 17 ft

13 years

Zoo Location:

Leaves, shoots, and fruits

Risk Status:
Species at Risk (IUCN—Endangered)