Giraffes are only found in the wild in Africa in forests, shrublands and savanah habitats in north and east Kenya, south-west Somalia and southern Ethiopia.
Giraffes are classified as 'Vulnerable' by the International Union of Conservation in Nature (IUCN) due to habitat loss and poaching for their hide.
Dublin Zoo is working with in partnership with Rothschild Giraffe Project in Kenya to fund research in giraffe social networks in order to better understand herd dynamics. Dublin Zoo is also part a European breeding programme for Rothschild giraffes.
The tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant covered in irregular brown patterns with off-white divisions. They have very long necks and legs with horn-like ossicones on their heads.
Can be found in forest, shrubland and savanah habitats in north and east Kenya, south-west Somalia and southern Ethiopia.
Giraffe are diurnal grazers. They mostly feed on Acacia species with their long, prehensile tongues. Males feed higher than females, giving them access to new shoots. However, diet changes seasonally and they are known to feed on other ever-greens and semi-deciduous plants. They constantly roam in search for food, but can regurgitate food and chew it as curd.