Our-amazing-planet A giraffe walking through the grasslands in Masai Mara, Kenya. [Pin It] A giraffe walking through the grasslands in Masai Mara, Kenya. Credit: Paul Banton | Shutterstock View full size image Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Cetartiodactyla Family: Giraffidae Genus: Giraffa Species: Giraffa camelopardalis Subspecies: G. camelopardalisperalta (West African Giraffe, Nigerien Giraffe), G. camelopardalisrothschildi (Ugandan Giraffe, Rothschild’s Giraffe), G. camelopardalisreticulate (Reticulated Giraffe), G. camelopardalis camelopardalis (Nubian Giraffe), G. camelopardalis tippelskirchi (Masai Giraffe), G. camelopardalis angolensis (Angolan Giraffe), G. camelopardalis giraffa There’s still confusion among experts about how many giraffe species and subspecies really exist. Basic giraffe facts: Giraffes are the tallest animals in the world. Males can grow up to 18 feet (5.5 meters) tall, females can reach 14 feet (4.3 m) tall and their babies, called calves, are born around 6 feet (1.8 m) tall. Calves can grow up to an inch a day. Like a human fingerprint, each giraffe’s coat is unique. Some subspecies have patterns that look like oak leaves, while others have square-shaped patterns that make the giraffe look like it’s covered by a net. Their coat colors vary from white to light tan to nearly black, depending on what they eat and where they live. Some experts think that the patterns are for camouflage.