Kordofan giraffe

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Kordofan Giraffe
Giraffa camelopardalis antiquorum (Vincennes Zoo) 2.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Giraffidae
Genus: Giraffa
Species: G. camelopardalis
Subspecies: G. c. antiquorum
Trinomial name
Giraffa camelopardalis antiquorum
Swainson, 1835
Giraffa camelopardalis distribution.svg
Range map in dark blue

The Kordofan Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis antiquorum) is a subspecies of giraffe found in northern Cameroon, southern Chad, Central African Republic and possibly western Sudan.[1] Historically some confusion has existed over the exact range limit of this subspecies compared to the West African Giraffe, with populations in e.g. northern Cameroon formerly assigned to the latter.[1] Genetic work has also revealed that all "West African Giraffe" in European zoos are in fact Kordofan Giraffe.[1] Compared to most other subspecies, the Kordofan Giraffe has relatively small, more irregular spots on the inner legs. Its English name is a reference to Kordofan in Sudan.


  1. ^ a b c Hassanin, A., A. Ropiquet, A. L. Gourmand, B. Chardonnet and J. Rigoulet (2007). Mitochondrial DNA variability in Giraffa camelopardalis: consequences for taxonomy, phylogeography and conservation of giraffes in West and central Africa. C. R. Biologies 330: 265–274.

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