|Title: Masai giraffe, Alternative Title: (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi), Creator: Stolz, Gary M. Source: WO5635-007, Publisher: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Contributor: DIVISION OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.|
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There is only one species of giraffe, with nine currently recognized subspecies. The different subspecies can be recognized by their patterns and also by where they live in Africa. Masai giraffes Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi, from Kenya, have patterns that look like oak leaves. San Diego Zoo's Animal Bytes: Giraffe.
“While Masai giraffes are not threatened or endangered in their native habitat, there are only 63 of them in North American zoos,” Houston Zoo Announces Birth of Masai Giraffe.
RELATED: Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) - Giraffe/Giraffa comes from the Arabic word "zarafah", which means "one who walks swiftly" (Gotch, 1995). Camelopardalis = camel (camelus), leopard (pardus); Latin. Centuries ago, it was thought that giraffes were part camel and part leopard.