Kenya’s three kinds of Giraffes
Kenya is famous for its wildlife and is one of the top wildlife destinations in Africa and known for its Big 5 and also for its world famous “The Great Migration” of Masai Mara where millions of wildebeest cross the river Mara, come July every year.
Kenya is also home to 3 kinds (subspecies) of Giraffes out of 9 kinds which exist in the Wild. The three types are
1. Masai Giraffe
The Masai giraffe also spelled Maasai giraffe, also called Kilimanjaro giraffe, is the largest subspecies of giraffe. It is native to East Africa. The Masai giraffe can be found in central and southern Kenya and in Tanzania. It has distinctive, irregular, jagged, star-like blotches which extend to the hooves. A median lump is usually present in males.
You can find them in Amboseli, Masai Mara and in Serengeti in Tanzania
2. Reticulated Giraffe
The reticulated giraffe also is known as the Somali giraffe, is a subspecies of giraffe native to the Horn of Africa. It lives in Somalia, southern Ethiopia, and northern Kenya. There are approximately 8,500 individuals living in the wild. Its coat consists of large, polygonal, liver-colored spots outlined by a network of bright white lines. The blocks may sometimes appear deep red and may also cover the legs.
You can find them in Samburu
3. Rothschild Giraffe
Rothschild’s giraffe is one of the most endangered distinct populations of giraffe, with 1669 individuals estimated in the wild in 2016. It was named after the Tring Museum’s founder, Walter Rothschild, and is also known as the Baringo giraffe, after the Lake Baringo area of Kenya, or as the Ugandan giraffe. All of those living in the wild are in protected areas in Kenya and Uganda. The Rothschild’s giraffe is easily distinguishable from other subspecies. The most obvious sign is in the coloring of the coat or pelt. Whereas the reticulated giraffe has very clearly defined dark patches with bright-whitish channels between them, Rothschild’s giraffe more closely resembles the Masai giraffe. However, when compared to the Masai giraffe, the Rothschild’s ecotype is paler, the orange-brown patches are less jagged and sharp in shape, and the connective channel is of a creamier hue compared to that seen on the reticulated giraffe. In addition, Rothschild’s giraffe displays no markings on the lower leg, giving it the impression of wearing white stockings
You can find them in Nakuru
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