Scientific Name: Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi
English name: Masai Giraffe
Link to Red List page: Masai Giraffe in the Red List Page
Where to find Masai Giraffe:
Masai giraffe is one of the four giraffe’s main species presents in Africa. It is also known as Kilimanjaro giraffe. This species was present in all African territories. The Masai Giraffe is shown in Kenya and Tanzania only. A small population has also been introduced in Rwanda in recent years.
savanna, shrubland, and forest are the main habitat of Masai Giraffe.
Masai Giraffe is the biggest giraffe species. It can reach almost six meters high the males and a little bit less than five meters the female. An adult male can weigh up to two tons and female up to 1,3 tons. Anyway, these dimensions must be considered as maximum reachable.
Lifestyle of Masai Giraffe:
All giraffe species spend his life eating and walk around his territory. It is a solitary animal, despite it is possible to find some specimens joined in small groups. The joining happens when the food in the land is low, for example, during the dry season. Usually, the male giraffe is solitary; it moves around and meets other males specimens just for combat a mating battle. The battle is strong but gentle; it is rare that a battle end with injuries. The males use the neck like a weapon and move it in large circles to beat the enemy.
The female will provide the grow of the cubs alone. The calf when born is already 1,8 meters, and in a few hours, it has the same mobility of after one week. However, in the first two or three weeks, it stays hidden in the bush. Mothers prefer to remain in the group with other mothers so that together can give to the calf better attention and protection.
Female is ready to have calf after four years the males just between four to five years, sometimes even six. Giraffe gestation is between 400 to 460 days, and it gives birth to one calf.
All giraffes is often the goal of lions attack, and even of hyenas and wild dogs. A giraffe can live up to 38 years; this is about his defense system and its dimensions. An adult giraffe is big and dangerous; it can kick and broke the lion head or backbone. So the lions prefer to hunt young specimens up to 600 kilos.
Anthropysation of its areal is the main reason for the disappear of Giraffe in many places in Africa. Giraffe is protected in Kenya and Tanzania. Severe punishments are imposed on the people to kill a giraffe. Giraffe is also a national animal in Tanzania. Sometimes the Giraffe are killed for food, and this is another problem.