The giraffe is a genus of African even-toed ungulate mammals, the tallest living terrestrial animals and the largest ruminants. The genus consists of eleven species including Giraffa camelopardalis, the type species. Seven of these species are extinct, prehistoric species known from fossils, while four are still extant. It is classified under the family Giraffidae, along with its closest extant relative, the okapi. Each of the four species is distinguished by its coat patterns and genetics. The giraffe has intrigued various cultures, both ancient and modern, for its peculiar appearance, and has often been featured in paintings, books, and cartoons. It is classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as Least Concern, but has been extirpated from many parts of its former range, and three subspecies are classified as endangered. Giraffe gestation lasts 400–460 days, after which a single calf is normally born, although twins occur on rare occasions. This mother took hours to drop this calf and I along with other's stood watch at the Manila Zoo until she did. I was fortunate to have been doing a case report at the zoo which helped me get a ringside seat.....Available as 8 x 11 or 11 x 17 b & w or color photograph, or water color print on Hahnemuhle Museum Etching Fine Art Inkjet Paper, and each photograph is personally approved and hand-signed by me, the artist.