giraffe

Did you know that there are officially 9 subspecies of giraffe that can be found in Africa? Some studies have indicated that they may actually be separate species not just one. These are the currently nine recognized subspecies of giraffe -

Giraffa camelopardalis angolensis - Angolan giraffe
Giraffa camelopardalis antiquorum - Kordofan giraffe
Giraffa camelopardalis camelopardalis - Nubian giraffe
Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa - South African giraffe
Giraffa camelopardalis peralta - West African giraffe
Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata - Reticulated giraffe
Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi - Rothschild's giraffe
Giraffa camelopardalis thornicrofti - Thornicroft's giraffe
Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi - Masai giraffe

The 9 subspecies can be distinguished by the pattern of their coat and where they geographically reside. Of these subspecies some have fewer than 1000 remaining in the wild.


Spot-Check-Giraffe-Species-National-Geographic-2Genetic subdivision in the giraffe based on mitochondrial DNA sequences

To find out more about the currently recognized nine subspecies check out the Giraffe Conservation's giraffe facts