As the tallest mammals on Earth, giraffes use their brown, chestnut colored patches to camouflage from their predators in the savanna woodlands. Although some giraffe species are extinct and endangered, they are on the least concerned list.
˚ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK, Namibia - This is the third largest game reserve in the world with 144 species of mammals and well over 300 species of birds. There are three lodges within the park,but just outside the park is the Huah Lodge with its own private reserve on the Huab Riber. Here you can watch the animals in stylish comfort. (Giraffes Sunset - by Patrick Galibert @ 500px)
Giraffes are practically part of the landscape of Africa, standing tree-like in the grasslands. Most giraffe species are of no concern to conservationists, yet a sub-species (or, as some researchers propose a separate species), the Rothschild giraffe, a.k.a. Baringo Giraffe or Ugandan Giraffe, is endangered. Those living in the wild are found in protected areas in Kenya and Uganda, while about 450 individuals are found in zoos around the world.
List of giraffe (sub)species and population: Angolan (G. c. angolensis) < 20,000 Kordofan (G. c. antiquorum) < 3,000 Masai (G. c. tippelschirchi) < 37,000 Nubian (G. c. camelopardalis) < 650 Reticulated (G. c. reticulata) < 4,700 Rothschild's (G. c. rothschildi) < 1,100 South African (G. c. giraffa) < 12,000 Thornicroft’s (G c. thornicrofti) < 1,000 West African (G. c. peralta) < 300
Historically, scientists believed there was only one species of giraffe, with nine subspecies scattered across the continent. But through the most comprehensive study of these animals to date, researchers uncovered data suggesting giraffes should be categorized into four distinct species: northern giraffe, southern giraffe, Masai giraffe and reticulated giraffe.