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Reticulated Giraffe


Quick Facts

Scientific name: Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata
Class: Mammal
Weight: 1,700 to 2,800 pounds
Life span: 20 to 27 years in professional care
Number of offspring: One young at a time
Conservation status: Endangered


I live in africa

Reticulated giraffe are often found across northern Kenya, and smaller populations can be found in southern Somalia and southern Ethiopia. They typically live in open woodlands and dry savannahs with trees.

I am an herbivore

A reticulated giraffe’s diet consists of leaves, flowers, seeds and fruit. Their preferred food source is acacia trees and often inhabit areas with an abundance of acacia trees.

Reticulated giraffe are social

Reticulated giraffe live in loose herds of about 2 to 20 giraffe. Female giraffe tend to be more social than their male counterparts.

Out of this world

Baby giraffe learn how to stand immediately after being born, due to their rapidly inflating leg veins. NASA had this animal adaptation in mind when they created the Lower Body Negative Pressure Process used in astronaut suits.

Helping the reticulated giraffe in the wild

The Zoo supports the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, an organization that promote habitat protection, research, and ongoing studies to better understand all nine subspecies of giraffes found throughout Africa.

I am important to my ecosystem

This species eating habits help open up the habitat for other wildlife, encourage growth of new foliage, and seed dispersal.


Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.