"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).

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.

Giraffes are in trouble. Collectively for all four giraffe species, it’s estimated that they’ve declined by about 40 percent in just the past few decades. They are already extinct in seven African countries. Learn more on Zoonooz.

Giraffes are in trouble. Collectively for all four giraffe species, it’s estimated that they’ve declined by about 40 percent in just the past few decades. They are already extinct in seven African countries. Learn more on Zoonooz.

Nubian giraffe bulls engage in a bout of "necking" — a type of combat using their necks as weapons — in Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda. This subspecies is now thought to belong to the northern giraffe species.

All in the Family: Giraffes are 4 Species (Photos)

Nubian giraffe bulls engage in a bout of "necking" — a type of combat using their necks as weapons — in Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda. This subspecies is now thought to belong to the northern giraffe species.

Africa | The largest of the giraffe species, the Reticulated Giraffe is found only in Northern Kenya. | © Michael Sheridan

Africa | The largest of the giraffe species, the Reticulated Giraffe is found only in Northern Kenya. | © Michael Sheridan

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Sequencing reveals there are four distinct giraffe species, not one as previously thought

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