First Instances of Dwarf Giraffes Reported by Scientists
Giraffes are a famously tall animal, but two giraffes have been spotted that don’t quite have the same imposing way.
When a team of conservation biologists was conducting surveys in Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park in 2015, they found an adult Nubian giraffe that looked a little different. It had a long neck, but instead of the usual long, lanky legs, it had short and stocky ones. Named Gimli — after the dwarf in The Lord of the Rings — the giraffe was just nine feet, four inches tall, several feet shorter than typical adult giraffes which grow to 16 feet. And as it turned out, Gimli was not unique.