Rothschild’s giraffe

Endangered

Zaïd and Johari are our two Rothschild's giraffes


Scientific name : Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi

Where do they live?

They are mainly found in the savannas south of the Sahara. Rothschild's giraffes are concentrated in the following countries: Kenya, southern Sudan and Uganda.

Did you know?

An animal with a big heart!
The word "giraffe" comes from the Arabic word "zarāfah" meaning charming! They also have a big heart (literally): blood is pumped through their tall bodies by an 11 kg heart!

The different sub-species of giraffes have spotted coats with varying shapes and colours, depending on the region in which they live. The Rothschild's giraffe has marbled or rectangular dark brown spots with cream-coloured lines.
The giraffe is the tallest animal in the world: it can reach a height of up to 6 meters. But it has other surprising features, too. Its long neck has the same number of vertebrae as other animals or humans, only 7! Its tongue can reach up to 45 centimetres long. The prehensible tongue is used to catch thorny acacia branches.

Height

Up to 6 meters tall.

Weight

Up to 1.5 tonnes.

Maximum speed

55 km/h.

Life expectancy

28 years in captivity.

Gestation period

457 days.

Keep up hope

Awareness in Kenya

Only 450 Rothschild's giraffes remain in the wild. Their fragmented habitats can only accommodate only a small number of individuals, complicating the reproduction of the species. Kenya has decided to act with a national plan for safeguarding giraffes. We hope that the efforts of Kenya will be enough.
The giraffes are mainly found in the savannas south of the Sahara in Kenya, southern Sudan and Uganda.