Masai Giraffe

(Giraffa tippelskirchi)

Seneca Park Zoo is home to four Masai giraffes, two females Iggy and Kipenzi, and two males, Parker and baby calf Olmsted (Olmy). 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. Iggy and Parker had their first calf in male Olmsted on April 29, 2022.

Animal Facts

Diet

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

Status in The Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status

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

Endangered due to scattered and fragmented populations that have resulted from poaching, habitat loss, and human encroachment.