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Giraffes

The giraffe is an African mammal, the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. Its species name refers to its camel-like appearance and the patches of color on its fur. Its chief distinguishing characteristics are its extremely long neck and legs, its horn-like ossicones and its distinctive coat patterns. It stands (16–20 ft) tall and has an average weight of (3,500 lb) for males and (1,800 lb) for females. The nine subspecies are distinguished by their coat patterns.

The giraffe's scattered range extends from Chad in the north to South Africa in the south, and from Niger in the west to Somalia in the east. Giraffes usually inhabit savannas, grasslands, and open woodlands. Their primary food source is acacia leaves, which they browse at heights most other herbivores cannot reach. Giraffes are preyed on by lions, and calves are also targeted by leopards, spotted hyenas and wild dogs. Dominant males gain mating access to females, which bear the sole responsibility for raising the young.

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The Rothschild’s giraffe is named after zoologist Lord Walter Rothschild – founder of the National History Museum in Tring, Hertfordshire They are also known as the baringo or Ugandan giraffe The species is identified by its broader dividing white lines and has no spots beneath the knees The Rothschild’s giraffe is more endangered than species such as African elephants and giant pandas Predators to the Rothschild’s giraffe are hyenas, lions, crocodiles and leopards. In the past, giraffes were hunted for their tails, which were used as good-luck charms, sewing thread and even fly swats.

The six-foot-tall calf, who hasn’t been named yet, is the first born of mum Tula and dad Meru. Rothschild’s giraffes are one of the most endangered subspecies of giraffe and one of the world’s most at risk species.In the last 45 years, the population of the Rothchild’s giraffes in Kidepo Valley National Park (KVNP) in Uganda has reduced by over 90%. Recent estimates suggest that fewer than 1,600 individuals remain in the wild. Its decline is mainly down to habitat loss and poaching during the 1990s


Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2016/12/28/incedibly-rare-rothschilds-giraffe-born-on-boxing-day-6348396/?ito=cbshare








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