Giraffa camelopardalis

Girraffe at Mysore zoo

The giraffe is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. Its species name refers to its camel-like shape and its leopard-like colouring. Its chief distinguishing characteristics are its extremely long neck and legs, its horn-like ossicones, and its distinctive coat patterns. It is classified under the family Giraffidae, along with its closest extant relative, the okapi. The nine subspecies are distinguished by their coat patterns.

Giraffenkopf im Seitenprofil, aufgenommen im Zoo d'Amnéville (F).

Giraffenkopf im Seitenprofil, aufgenommen im Zoo d’Amnéville (F).

Courting Southern savannah giraffes at Chudop waterhole, Etosha, Namibia. © Hans Hillewaert / CC-BY-SA-4.0

Courting Southern savannah giraffes at Chudop waterhole, Etosha, Namibia. © Hans Hillewaert / CC-BY-SA-4.0

Two male giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) are necking in San Francisco Zoo.

Two male giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) are necking in San Francisco Zoo.

Meeting between black rhinoceros and giraffe.

Meeting between black rhinoceros and giraffe.