Rothschild's Giraffes at Zoo Leipzig, also known as "Leipzig Zoological Garden" (Germany)
Rothschild's Giraffe is one of the most endangered giraffe subspecies, with only a few hundred members in the wild. It is named after the
Tring Museum's founder, Walter Rothschild, and is also known as the Baringo Giraffe, after the Lake Baringo area of Kenya,
or as the Ugandan Giraffe. All of those living in the wild are in protected areas in Kenya and Uganda.
Rothschild's Giraffe is easily distinguishable from other subspecies. The most obvious sign is in the colouring of the coat, or pelt.
Where the reticulated giraffe has very clearly defined dark patches with bright-whitish channels between them, Rothschild's Giraffe more closely resembles the Masai Giraffe. However, when compared to the Masai Giraffe, Rothschild's subspecies is paler, the orange-brown patches are less jagged and sharp in shape, and the connective channel is of a creamier hue compared to that seen on the reticulated giraffe. In addition, Rothschild's Giraffe displays no markings on the lower leg, giving it the impression of wearing white stockings. Another distinguishing feature of Rothschild's Giraffe, although harder to spot, is the number of ossicones on the head. This is the only subspecies to be born with five ossicones. Two of these are the larger and more obvious ones at the top of the head, which are common to all giraffes. The third ossicone can often be seen in the center of the giraffe's forehead, and the other two are behind each ear.