Rotschild Giraffe - Khama Nature Reserve, Botswana, Africa

Irene  van Vuuren

Pretoria, South Africa

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Rothschild Giraffe

Why is the Rothschild Giraffe so special? Well, there are only a few hundred left in the wild. Why is it that all the cool animals are going extinct these days? I think it might be a conspiracy! I am not going to lie, I will be a little disheartened if we finally prove that this is an entirely new species and then the next day they go extinct. Okay, so I would be upset if they go extinct no matter what.
So how can we tell these Giraffe’s apart from other “sub-species”? Believe it or not, it is actually quite easy. You see they tend to be lighter in colour than most other sub-species. As well, their pattern isn’t quite as jagged as some of the other Giraffes out there. Finally, the most obvious trait is the fact that it looks like they are wearing cream-coloured, knee-high socks. That’s right, they have no spots beneath their knees, which is an obvious indicator that you are observing a very rare animal “sub” species.
With only about 650 individuals left in the wild, the Rothschild Giraffe is quickly becoming extinct, with some populations already disappearing forever. There is no question that these majestic animals will cease to exist if we don’t find a way to preserve them and their habitat. Luckily there is currently a program called the Rothschild’s Giraffe Project which is studying the animals to find a way to keep them hanging around earth a little while longer.
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