The Giraffa camelopardalis camelopardis or the Rothschild Giraffe commonly known as the Giraffe is one of those under appreciated wild attractions found in Uganda. Apart from the tree climbing lions of Ishasha, the Ugandan giraffe is unique to its home and cannot easily be found elsewhere apart from in Uganda and Kenya where they have lived for years.
The Rothschild giraffe population has drastically reduced over the years, leaving an estimated minimal number of 800 and above. The Giraffes live in some of the fertile locations of Uganda and Kenya making it easy for people who practice farming to encroach on their habitats and sometimes attacking them.
The Rothschild giraffe is said to be a relative to the deer family, and science might soon prove that Giraffes used to be shaped like deers centuries back before they evolved into the gentle giants they are today.
There are many attributes that make the Rothschild giraffe stand out from the rest the Giraffe family including:
The Rothschild giraffe is said to be a relative to the deer family, and science might soon prove that Giraffes used to be shaped like deers….
Their height is also attributed to their long legs and necks but the legs contribute a lot to the swiftness of the Rothschild giraffe making them very fast and agile. It is believed that they can easily match up with a cheetah in the wild just incase they are being chased around for prey. Although this has not be proven, these giraffes are not an easy prey to catch in the wild and that’s why they are not constantly attacked.
Giraffes can reproduce when they are between three and five years old which is estimated to be sooner for females compared to the males. Their gestation period can last up to 16 months and they usually give birth to one calf a time. There are many breeding projects being carried out to increase the population of Giraffes through Uganda and Kenya.
You can get a chance to see these gracious giants in Kidepo, Lake Mburo and Murchison falls national parks in Uganda, but in Kenya you might enjoy an up close with them at the Giraffe Center right in the heart of Nairobi.