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Lovely animals Gautam - and nice photos.
I probably would not have noticed they were a little different if it had not been mentioned. And never knew there were 5 different types, so thank you for posting.
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Thanks very much for the comments Lyn
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Odd. The one on the left looks like a reticulated giraffe to me, but then differentiating between different kinds of giraffe has become of importance to me only very recently and I am still new at it.

Alan, I am getting totally confused now looking for the different species/subspecies of the giraffes. There appears to be 6 different species/subspecies of giraffes though some have multiple names. In my first picture, as you said the rear one appears to be reticulated giraffe. But the front one matches best with Kordofan giraffe, if you accept it as a species. Otherwise it is a variant of the Nubian or Rothchild's giraffe. In some classification all the giraffes are subspecies - not separate species.
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There is some controversy in the scientific community about whether they should be considered separate species or not. Up until recently, the variations were considered to be subspecies, but tests with mitochondrial DNA indicate that they interbreed very rarely if at all even if their ranges overlap.


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