A study of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA of giraffes in Namibia, intended to help differentiate subspecies and thus clarify breeding lineages for conservationists, stunned the scientists involved with its results. The southern giraffe, northern giraffe, reticulated giraffe, and Masai giraffe - the northern being the "original" G. camelopardalis - have been named.
My friend Dr. Valerie Beason, a genetic expert who didn't work on this study but knows a lot about this area (it was her team that validated the uniqueness of a second species of clouded leopard), commented, "Each day it seems the world of genetics gives us a gift. This is great news not only for the Giraffes but for those species that share their ecosystems. As new conservation measures instituted to protect the giraffes will benefit them."
Nature - it can be wild.
My kids feeding the reticulated giraffe herd at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs.