Not one, but six giraffe species in Africa?


This video is called Giraffes at Nkorho Pan.

From the BBC:

The world’s tallest animal, the giraffe, may actually be several species, a study has found.

A report in BMC Biology uses genetic evidence to show that there may be at least six species of giraffe in Africa.

Currently giraffes are considered to represent a single species classified into multiple subspecies. …

The study also found that the two giraffe subspecies that live closest to each other – the reticulated giraffe (Currently: Giraffa camelopardalis reticulate) in North Kenya, which has reddish round spots; and the Maasai giraffe (Currently: Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) in South Kenya – separated 0.5 to 1.5 million years ago.

See also here.

Video about giraffes in Kenya: here.

Niger scrub becomes last sanctuary for giraffe herds: here.

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