Photo of Giraffe

The Oregon Zoo is home to representatives of two subspecies, the reticulated giraffe and the Masai giraffe.

Reticulated giraffes live in open woodlands and wooded grasslands in Somalia, northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia. “Reticulated” refers to the net-shaped pattern of their skin, which camouflages them in dense, dry vegetation.

Masai giraffes range in the savannahs across central and southern Kenya and throughout Tanzania. They have jagged markings that look like grape or maple leaves. Masai giraffes are the tallest of the giraffe subspecies.

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