The Reticulated giraffe also known as the Somali
giraffe, is a subspecies of giraffe native to Somalia,
southern Ethiopia, and northern Kenya. Giraffes usually
inhabit savannas, grasslands, and open woodlands.
There are approximately 8,500 individuals living in
the wild. Its chief distinguishing characteristics are its
extremely long neck and legs, its horn-like ossicones,
and its coat patterns consisting of large, polygonal, livercolored
spots outlined by bright-white lines. The blood
vessels in their long necks are designed with special
one way valves that close when the giraffe bends to
drink water, preventing them from passing out.
Giraffes feed on acacia leaves, leaves, ﬂowers, seed pods, and fruits. In areas where the savanna ﬂoor is salty or full of minerals, they eat soil as well.
Size: 15 – 19 feet height Weight: 1540 – 2425 lbs Lifespan: 10 – 15 years in the wild.