Rothschild's Giraffe

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Rothschild's Giraffe

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Character Data
Also known as: Baringo giraffe, Ugandan giraffe
Japanese Name: ロスチャイルドキリン
Romanised Name: Rosuchairudokirin
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi
Distribution: Africa
Diet: Herbivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: Unknown
Read More: Rothschild's giraffe
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 EN.svg.png
Rothschild's Giraffe Nexon Game

Rothschild's Giraffe is a Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.

Appearance

Rothschild's Giraffe has long yellow hair, with white curls framing her face, brown spots on the lower half, white ears and a brown top below her horn-like ossicles. She sports a giraffe's tail. She has a large, ponytail that is two shades of brown, and her eyes are a dark blue-grey with heavy eyelashes. Like other giraffes, she wears a long spotted scarf, which fades to white at the ends. She has a pink ribbon over a yellow and brown spotted sweater with white sleeves, and she wears a brown belt. Her skirt is short and brown, and her socks are primarily white with some yellow and brown spotting at the very top. She wears brown shoes with short white platforms.

In Real Life

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This giraffe is a subspecies of the Northern Giraffe and is also known as the Baringo or Ugandan giraffe. The Rothschild’s giraffe formerly considered a subspecies of the unique giraffe species now its taxonomic classification changed to an ecotype of the Northern giraffe and part of the Nubian species according to a new genetic research made just in 2016 which led to the taxonomy reorganization of the whole species. There are only 670 Rothschild's Giraffes remaining in the world.

The Rothschild species is one of the tallest giraffes. They can be an astonishing 19 feet in height and weigh about 2,500 pounds with the males weighing more than the females by several hundred pounds. You will notice that the coloring of the Rothschild Giraffe is unique when compared to the other species. Their coat consists of dark brown and dark orange patches and then areas of beige through them. Their markings stop at the top of the knee caps, below that area the spots disappear, and everything below that point down is whitish.

The Rothschild’s giraffe measures 16 to 19 feet height and reaches a weight of 1800 to 2500 pounds, with males being larger than females. It is an impressive height. However, it is not the highest giraffe. It is often confused with the Masai giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi), but with careful observation of its coat design, can be distinguished from this and other species. The spots on its skin are large and with different forms, with a combination of two colors ranging from a chocolate brown in the center fading to a less intense brown color at the edges separated by a thick border. The background skin color is cream or yellowish, which makes these patches stand out and give it a very elegant appearance. In the legs, the spot pattern fades until completely disappearing below the knees until the feet.


The distinction of the spots between the different giraffe species may seem complicated, but if compared and observed at the same time, you can notice the peculiarities of each design and learn to identify each species. Rothschild’s giraffe has a vertical mane of a dark brown hair which is visibly striking and beautiful. They are born with two ossicones, but due calcium accumulations, it can give the impression of having three or even five of them. Two in the same place as other giraffes, one in the center, and two behind those. However, these additional ossicones are smaller than the others. It is hard to believe looking at it, but the neck of any giraffe has the same amount of vertebrae as humans, seven.

The body of these giraffes is designed to give it speed, power, and agility. There are very few animals this size that can move so swiftly. They have amazing sight, allowing them to see predators from far. They have a fantastic sense of smell and hearing too, so they are always alert to what is going on around them. They have a long tail that helps to keep pests such as flies away from them.

Like all other giraffes, the Rothschild’s giraffe lives on the African continent. Specifically, they inhabit the hot woodlands, savannahs, and shrublands of Kenya and Uganda. Lake Baringo in Kenya is the common area where these giraffes live. In fact, many of the people refer to them as the Baringo Giraffe. Most of them live on one of two wildlife refuges in Kenya like the Lake Nakuru National Park while other populations of this species inhabit in the Eastern parts of Uganda in the Murchison Falls National Park.

They are herbivores like all types of giraffes and feed on the leaves of tall trees such as the acacia or wild apricot. They also eat sprouts and fruits. Their great tongue helps them to reach the leaves whose stems are covered by thorns without hurting themselves. They spend several hours feeding during the day. Those thick lips, tongue, and throat are all adapted, so they can consume acacia trees and others that have thick thorns.

Trivia

  • The animal was named after Lord Walter Rothschild.

References

http://www.girafferesearch.com/home/4568189656

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