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Giraffe pattern

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Giraffe pattern


I've seen these 2 giraffes today on cam.
The paler one (pic 1 & 2) looks a bit like Masai giraffe that I've seen in Kenya.
Do they occur in South Africa too ?

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yes, thanks for the info !

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Thanks for the answer.

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FROM THE WILDIFECAMPUS BEHAVIOUR GUIDE TO AFRICAM HARBIVORES COURSE

Of 8 different races, the most distinctively different is the reticulated giraffe ( Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) of north-eastern Kenya, whose coat with its latticework of thin lines separating dark patches with regular edges is also most unlike any other mammal's.

The most irregular, jagged patches occur in the Masai giraffe ( G. c. tippelskirchi), which overlaps and interbreeds with reticulata south of the Tana River.

Reticular patterns predominate in the northern races and blotchy patterns in the eastern and southern races, but the spots become less jagged in angolensis and giraffa.

However, there is so much individual variation that patterns supposed to distinguish different races can often be found within a single herd.

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Hi back Smiling

So it is probably a Southern giraffe?

I did notice some different patterns in the photo of the Southern giraffe. Could there be a variation in pattern and color?

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Gerda and Silvia Hi,
The Southern Giraffe is the only naturally occuring giraffe in Sotuh Africa. As for introduced species I don't know whether anyone has bothered as there are enough of the southern giraffe around. The Masai giraffe is naturally occuring in Central and Southern keny and Tanzania. The Rothschild's Giraffe is naturally occuring is small pockets in Western Kenya and the Reticulated giraffe occurs in norther Kenya and SW Somalia. The northern Giraffe is elsewhere in North Africa. That is the story without getting into *introduced species* in different countries and I don't think there really are any, that's not to say *never* )

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Me too and I can get to my books. :cry:

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thanks for the pics Sylvia.
I'm still confused myself Puzzled

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Masai giraffe

Angolan giraffe

Southern giraffe

I don't know anylonger Laughing out loud

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