Giraffes of Masai Mara, Kenya

Masai giraffe, also called Kilimanjaro giraffe, is the largest subspecies of giraffe. It is native to East Africa. The Masai giraffe can be found in central and southern Kenya and in Tanzania. It has distinctive, irregular, jagged, star-like blotches which extend to the hooves. A median lump is usually present in males.  

You can tell if a giraffe is male or female by looking at the horns. Both male and female giraffes have horns, but the tops of the horns on a male are almost always bald while a female’s horns will be completely covered with hair. Females don’t fight, so they never lose the hair on their horns.

As in cattle, female giraffes are called cows & the males are called bulls. Baby giraffes are called calves. During birth, the calf will drop to the ground, since mother giraffes give birth standing up

We spent an hour or two each day of our trip to photograph Giraffes with an amazing backdrop as seen below

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