This is a reticulated giraffe, also known as a Somali giraffe. It is native to Somalia and parts of Ethiopia and Kenya. It can also be found living on the "African savanna" at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The Wildlife adventure at Disney's Animal Kingdom really is fantastic. It's sort of like Wall-E meets a traditional zoo as they drive you around in an expedition vehicle through a recreation of various African habitats. Despite clever — and often natural — fence-like dividers between each group of animals, you still feel more like you are in a cage and the animals are out in the wild as you lumber through.
If only they'd let the cheetahs out to chase down a gazelle or zebra once in a while to keep things real! They say danger helps burn certain memories in our minds... that would be one way to ensure the younger kids don't forget their first time to Walt Disney World!
This photograph was captured with a Nikon D90.