Scientific name: Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi
The different giraffe subspecies have a spotted coat with varying forms and colours, depending on the region where they live. Rothschild’s giraffes have dark brown spots surrounded by beige lines.
The giraffe is the tallest animal of the world: reaching up to six meters tall. Beyond its size, its specifics are surprising. Their long necks have the same number vertebrae as we do, just seven! Their tongues can measure up to 45 centimetres long, helping them reach the prickly branches of acacias.
Did you know?
An animal with a big heart!
The word "giraffe" comes from the Arab word "zarafah", meaning charming! Moreover, they have big hearts: blood is pumped throughout their tall bodies thanks to a heart weighing 11 kg !
- Height: up to 6 m
- Weight: up to 1.5 tonnes
- Maximum speed: 55 km/h
- Life expectancy: 28 years
- Gestation period: 457 days (15 months)
- A baby giraffe weighs 70 kg and measures 2 meters at birth!
Keep up hope
Raising awareness in Kenya
Unfortunately, there are only 450 Rothschild's giraffes in the wild. With their habitat becoming more and more fragmented, only a few individuals live in the same area, making reproduction difficult. Kenya decided to act and created a national conservation plan for giraffes. We hope that the efforts of Kenya will be enough.