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All About Animals

Masai Giraffe

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    Boston's tallest residents:

    Our giraffe are the tallest mammals in the city of Boston! Amari is likely full-grown at 14 feet, and Chad's height is 14.5 feet and climbing!

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    Meet Chad:

    Chad, our male giraffe, was born in 2016. You can tell him apart from Amari, our female giraffe, by his coloring and height. Chad's coat is lighter than Amari's, and he stands about a half foot taller (though he's still growing). Chad loves to carry sticks around and slowly peel off the bark.

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    Meet Amari:

    Amari was born here at Franklin Park Zoo in 2016. Due to medical issues at birth, zookeepers needed to hand-feed and care for Amari day and night. Thanks to their dedication, Amari is thriving today!

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    Meet Alika:

    Alika is Chad and Amari's first baby. At birth, the calf was over 6 feet tallthat's about the height of a refrigerator! Alika is friendly, bold and curious. She loves to explore and spend time outside with mom. Alika loves snacking on mixed greens and browse like mulberry and knotweed. 

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    Snack Facts:

    The giraffe like lettuce, but bananas, sweet potato, and carrots are their favorite treats! They mainly eat fresh “browse” which is another name for leaves and twigs.

You can visit our giraffe during the warmer months in Franklin Park Zoo's Giraffe Savannah.

 

About the Masai Giraffe

conservation status: near threatened

Geographic Range:

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Class:  Mammalia
Order: Cetartiodactyla
Family: Giraffidae
Genus: Giraffa
Species: camelopardalis
Subspecies: tippelskirchi

With its long legs and neck, the Masai giraffe is the world’s tallest land mammal. The giraffe has a huge heart—think of a 25 pound basketball—which generates the high blood pressure necessary to maintain blood flow up to its brain. Males often engage in “necking” —swinging their necks to strike each other with the side of their heads to determine hierarchy or show affection. This roughhousing doesn’t cause physical harm, but when confronted by a predator, giraffes will kick with deadly force in order to escape.

 

 

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