Giraffes, Hornbill and Cranes in Omaha Zoo

Giraffes, Hornbill and Cranes in Omaha Zoo

Reticulated Giraffe

Reticulated Giraffe

Reticulated Giraffes in Omaha Zoo

The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is the tallest animal in the world. Males reach 19 feet tall and weigh between 2400 and 4250 pounds.

The giraffe is known for its spots. In fact, the Romans called the giraffe "camelopardalis," meaning "camel marked like a leopard." These spots are unique to each giraffe, much like fingerprints are unique to each human.

There are 9 giraffe subspecies, differentiated by color and pattern variations. One of them is reticulated or Somali Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) — large, polygonal liver-coloured spots outlined by a network of bright white lines.

Reticulated giraffes are the most distinctively patterned of the 9 subspecies of giraffe. Their coat has brown, regular, box-like patterns (called a reticulated pattern). Range: northeastern Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia.

Another unique feature of the giraffe is its unusually long tongue which can be as much as 22 inches long.


Hornbill and Okapi in Omaha Zoo

Stanley Crane

The Blue Crane (Anthropoides paradisea), also known as the Stanley Crane and the Paradise Crane, is the national bird of South Africa.

Giraffe, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Reticulated Giraffe. The Big Zoo.
Reticulated Giraffe. Brookfield Zoo.
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Published: 10/12/2008
Updated: 08/02/2010


  1. It is always nice to see posts about Zoos. I have not yet been to the Omaha Zoo, there are so many Zoos in the USA it is hard to make it to all of them.
    Giraffe's are one of my favorite Zoo animals though, it comes partly because I have had the chance to hand feed a lot of Giraffes.

  2. According to most people, San Diego and Omaha Zoos are probably the best ones in the U.S.


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