Masai Giraffe
Giraffa camelopardalis

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Range and habitat:
Grass savannahs, bush savannas, and thin open woodlands in the African countries of Kenya and Tanzania.

Natural diet:
Masai Giraffes are browsers, and they eat the leaves and twigs on tall trees, especially acacia trees. 

Size / weight range:
Males can be as tall as 20 feet, females are slightly shorter around 18 feet.
Males can weigh up to 2,500 pounds and females can weigh up to 1,800 pounds.

Interesting Facts:
A giraffe’s neck may be over 6 feet long but has the same number of cervical vertebra as a human.
Giraffes have a prehensile tongue, that is over 12 inches long.
The two short bony projections on their heads are called ossicones.
Different subspecies of giraffe can be differentiated by their spot patterns. The spots on a Masai Giraffe resemble a leaf-like pattern.
The Masai Giraffe is the largest of all giraffe subspecies, and is the tallest land animal on the planet.

Location at The Toledo Zoo:
Africa!

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