• Rothschild Giraffe

    Giraffa camelopardalis rothschild

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    STATUS

    • Endangered
    • There are less than 670 left in the wild

    • Western Kenya and eastern Uganda

    • Height: Males: 17-20 feet, Females: 16-18 feet
    • Weight: Males: 2600 lbs, Females: 1800 lbs

    • Savanna

    • Gestation period is approximately 14.5 to 15.5 months
    • Usually one baby born per birth
    • When the calves are a month old, they join a “nursery” group made up of several mothers and their calves.

    • They eat leaves off of treetops including but not limited to acacia, mimosa, and wild apricot.
    • They also eat fruits and seedpods.

    • Males fight for rights to mate with females by swinging their necks at one another.
    • Even though they live in herds, giraffes usually don’t stay in the same herd forever.
    • Individuals may come and go, so the makeup of a group is always changing.
    • Giraffes are fast runners, reaching speeds of 35 miles per hour.
    • Every giraffe has a unique pattern of spots, much like a human fingerprint.
    • Have a black prehensile tongue used to strip leaves from branches
    • The two foot long, 25 pound heart pumps 16 gallons of blood and giraffes have the highest known blood pressure of any mammal in the world
    • In the first 6 months of life, over half the calves fall prey to predators
    • Babies are born with the mother standing up so she can guard against predators; they must endure a 6 foot drop to the ground
    • Have the same number of vertebrae in their necks as humans (7)
    • To drink, they must splay (spread apart) their front legs to reach the water

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