Masai Giraffe

Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi

Size: Up to 6m high
Habitat: Savanna and woodlands
Feeding: Foliage, thorns and bark

The Masai Giraffe is the tallest land mammal, larger than the Reticulated Giraffe. It is a very graceful creature but can gallop at speeds of up to 56 kph.

It has jagged red/brown markings on its coat and a tassel on its tail. Both sexes have short horns, but the female horns are tufted.

They have a lifespan of 20 - 28 years.

The top photo shows a female having some dental treatment from a Red-billed Oxpecker! The second photo shows two males "necking" - a fight between males to establish dominance by hitting each other with the neck and head.

These photos were taken in Amboseli National Park and the Masai Mara, Kenya.









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