Giraffe (Giraffa Camelopardalis) camel in a leopards coat
Living Giraffes appear to have arisen around one million years ago during the Pleistocene. the evolution of giraffes is believed to have been the changes from extensive forests to more open habitats which began eight million years ago
During this time tropical plants disappeared and were replaced by arid C4 plants and a dry savannah emerged across eastern and northern Africa. There are only an estimated ninety thousand giraffes in the wild. Some of these populations
number only a few hundred and are on the brink of extinction and need immediate protection.