Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi
Masai giraffes live in Tanzania and southern Kenya. (other giraffe varieties are found other places in Africa.)
Location in the Zoo
Cool Animal Fact
Giraffe ‘horns’ aren’t actually horns at all – they are called ossicones, which are formed by cartilage and covered in skin. When babies are born, their ossicones don’t quite stand up all the way – they start standing up straight as they grow.
How we Help Save Them
- We provide support for a giraffe protection program in Kenya that creates a healthy and safe habitat for giraffes and other wildlife. Hirola are one of the rarest antelope in the world and they live in the same area as giraffes. This work is saving giraffe, hirola, lions, African wild dog, and many other species.
- We provide salaries and training for Kenyan rangers conducting daily patrols.
- Rangers made 4 arrests of illegal hunters and removed 120 wire traps protecting giraffe and other wildlife in 2019.
- 200 Kenyan community members celebrated the work they are doing to protect giraffe on World Giraffe Day (June 21, 2019)
How You Can Help
Visit the Zoo! Every time you visit the Houston Zoo, you help us with this work to save giraffes in the wild.
Donate to help giraffes and hirola in the wild.