Masai Giraffe - Mammals

Masai Giraffe - map of occurrence

Masai Giraffe

Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi

conservation status Least Concern

Weight: males 1.100-1.900kg (2.400-4.000lb), females 700kg
(1.500lb)
Height: 5-6.5m (16ft - 20ft)
Lenght: 2.5-3.7m (8ft 2in - 12ft 2in) + tail 0.75-1.3m (2ft 6in - 4ft 3in)
Wild population: individuals
Lifespan: 20-25 years
Gestation: 14-15 months, 1 calf, rarely twins
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Range: Kenya and Tanzania
Habitat: open acacia woodlands, wooded grasslands, desert
grass-bush, coastal forests

Protecting organisations: Giraffe Conservation Foundation

The Masai Giraffe, also known as the Kilimanjaro Giraffe is one of smaller subspecies of giraffe.Masai giraffe have jagged spots on their bodies. Originally the masai giraffe lived throughout Africa, but currently, due to loss of habitat, the giraffe only lives in Kenya and Tanzania.
Giraffes only have two true horns, but the bony outgrowths of the male's skull superficially provide the appearance of 5 'horns'. The horns are bone, covered with a thin layer of skin. The dominant male's spots tend to be darker in colour than those of other members of its herd.
It takes 2–6 hours for a giraffe to be born. About 50–75% of the calves die in their first few months due to predation. Even though many calves die, the mother will try to stab predators such as hyenas or lions with its sharp hooves. This action may injure or kill a predator quickly; the masai giraffe's kick is strong enough to crush a lion's skull or shatter its spine.

Masai Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) - herd masai mara
Masai Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) - herd masai maraMasai Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) - detail fur pattern wound masai maraMasai Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) - Masai Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) - Masai Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) - herd masai mara
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camera:NIKON D200
lens:Sigma 70-200 mm F2.8 EX DG MACRO HSM
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focal length:200 mm
exposure time:1/500 s
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ISO:280
location:Masai Mara, Kenya
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