Masai Giraffe

(Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi)

Mammal | Africa

Animal Info

Seneca Park Zoo is home to three Masai giraffes, two females Iggy and Kipenzi, and one male named Parker. Their habitat is north of the elephant barn in the Animals of the Savanna area. Iggy was born on June 4, 2017 at the Virginia Zoo and Kipenzi, which means beloved or precious one in Swahili, was born on April 3, 2017 at the Toledo Zoo. Both female giraffes arrived at Seneca Park Zoo in August 2018. The male, Parker, was born August 6, 2016 at Santa Barbara Zoo and arrived at Seneca Park Zoo in November 2018.

Status in the Wild

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Vulnerable due to scattered and fragmented populations that have resulted from poaching, habitat loss, and human encroachment.

Habitat

Masai giraffe are found in savannas and open woodlands throughout southern Kenya and much of Tanzania.

Diet

Giraffes are herbivorous, browsing mainly on leaves and buds from trees and shrubs, especially the acacia tree.

Did you know?

The Masai giraffe has a distinctive star-like pattern, covering them down to their hooves, causing them to have a unique appearance from other giraffe subspecies.

Their markings allow them to be camouflaged with the trees where they feed, protecting them from predators.

Giraffes usually only sleep a few minutes at a time, and often while standing up. This helps them to keep an almost constant lookout for predators.

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