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Maasai Giraffe (Giraffa Camelopardalis tippelskirchi) -

One of the least common, this subspecies of giraffe is the largest of the 9 species.  The most distinguishable features between giraffe species is the coloration and design of the spots on its body.  The maasai giraffe has snowflake like patterns which can vary from a dark blackish brown to a tawny yellow.  

As a species, their spots can be much darker than other giraffes.  The dominant male’s head and neck spots tend to be darker than the rest of its herd.

Although their reproduction rates are slow, and have been poached for many decades, the giraffe’s natural size and inconvenience has given it mercy from endangerment.