Family Giraffes / Giraffidae
3 of the 7 subspecies in Africa exist in Kenya, 1 in Tanzania - new research says that they are 4 full species. As giraffes were seen the first time by white people they thought they are a mixture between camels and leopards so they gave them the scientific name camelopardalis.
The Masai giraffes (Giraffa (camelopardalis) tippelskirchi) have the most irregular pattern among the various giraffes. Each individual has its characteristic pattern. Bulls get darker by aging and reach a height of up to 5.2 m. They have the biggest eyes and can detect predators from far. Since the eyes are placed on the side only a small area is covered by both eyes and therefore they mainly see movements rather than they recognise standing objects.
Giraffes only feed for a short while at the same bush not to cause major damage to it. They roam in loose herds in home ranges always in search of food.
Giraffes remain standing to give birth and the fresh born stands up in a few minutes to look for the milk source. Young giraffes build kindergarten and wait for their mothers to come back from feeding.
They are found from Central Kenya to Tanzania.