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Sarah Sloat. A genetic analysis suggests that the giraffe is not one species, but 4 separate ones — a finding that could alter how conservationists protect these animals. There Are Actually 4 Types of Giraffes. Of the about 100,000 left, only 4,750 are northern giraffes and 8,700 are reticulated giraffes, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation said. Giraffe Species Recent research by GCF and partners has clearly identified four distinct species of giraffe in Africa – Masai, southern, northern and Reticulated giraffe, with several subspecies. Wikimedia Commons. Read more here. By Katherine Lindemann Researchers have long recognized only a single species of giraffe, thought to be made up of several subspecies.
9.8.2016 8:36 PM. Giraffe Genetics Reveal Four Separate (and Threatened) Species The discovery drives home the need to protect Africa’s “forgotten megafauna” By John R. Platt on September 9, 2016 We thought there was only one species for hundreds of years! A Quadruple Take on the Giraffe: There are Four Species, Not One Genetic testing found four distinct species of giraffe.

Contrary to popular belief among professionals studying the animal kingdom, there are actually four different species of giraffes. Unlike the other three species of giraffe, the southern giraffe population is on the rise. As distinct species, it makes them some of the most endangered large mammals in the world and of high conservation importance,” says Fennessy. However, a research collaboration has now identified four distinct species.

All four giraffe species and their subspecies live in geographically distinct areas throughout Africa.
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