Giraffa – Giraffes

Home for tallest living tetrapods (four-footed animal) and largest ruminants on earth

Members of this genus are giraffes, long-necked ungulate mammals native to Africa.

Reaching over 6 m (18 ft) in height, these tallest animals, despite their impressive size, are surprisingly graceful and agile, with the ability to easily maneuver through dense forests and navigate treacherous terrain.

In the past, all giraffes were considered single species with several subspecies. Recent genetic studies revealed that giraffes are actually more genetically diverse than previously thought and have been evolving separately for a long time; currently, there are four recognized species.

Genetically, the difference between giraffes is just as significant as that between polar bears and grizzly bears; they do not/rarely interbreed, even when found in the same vicinity or overlapping ranges., This further supports the multiple species facts.

Giraffes are facing several threats; if all giraffes are considered a single species, it won’t allow a better understanding of the individual conservation needs of each species.

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) is a remarkable NGO dedicated to preserving the majestic giraffes and ensuring their survival in the wild. Based on strong science, GCF is focusing on conservation actions in 19 African countries and have an impact on over 100 million acres of giraffe habitat, which includes all 4 species of giraffe. Their extensive research and monitoring programs have generated comprehensive data sets that shed light on the challenges giraffes face in today’s rapidly changing world.