"And You Thought There Was Only ONE!" -- From "I Spy Animals" -- Eight giraffe species, in addition to the Reticulated giraffe, the one that's most familiar to us (click through to see that one).

"And You Thought There Was Only ONE!" -- From "I Spy Animals" -- Eight giraffe species, in addition to the Reticulated giraffe, the one that's most familiar to us (click through to see that one).

Poster: Africa’s Giraffe – Species

Poster: Africa’s Giraffe – Species

Recently recognised as fellow endangered species to elephants, all four giraffe species are under siege from human-induced threats.

Recently recognised as fellow endangered species to elephants, all four giraffe species are under siege from human-induced threats.

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.

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)

˚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.

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.

Biologists found out there are actually four different giraffe species instead…

Biologists found out there are actually four different giraffe species instead…

The discovery may help save the long-necked herbivore, whose numbers are plummeting in sub-Saharan Africa.

The discovery may help save the long-necked herbivore, whose numbers are plummeting in sub-Saharan Africa.

differences in spot patterns by sub-species of giraffes - and I thought they were all the same!

differences in spot patterns by sub-species of giraffes - and I thought they were all the same!

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

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.

Seeing Quadruple? Discovering Four Giraffe Species

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.

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