Tessa, a female at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Marked with jagged spots, the Maasai Giraffe, also known as the Kilimanjaro Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi), is the largest subspecies of giraffe. As the tallest animals in the world, giraffes have a clear view of their surroundings on the African savanna. With excellent eyesight, they often detect predators and threats from a greater distance than do other animals. Giraffes also use their extended reach to forage on leaves inaccessible to all other savanna dwellers except elephants.


  • Where to see them: Kenya and Tanzania
  • Height: 13 to 17 ft
  • Weight: 1,210 to 4,250 lbs
  • Lifespan: 25 yrs in wild
  • Habitat: Savanna and woodland
  • Diet: Leaves, shoots, and fruits
  • Risk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Lower risk)
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.