This is a Thornicrofts giraffe (G. c. thornicrofti) and is restricted to just the Luangwa Valley in eastern Zambia. The patches are notched and somewhat star-shaped, and may or may not extend across the legs. The median lump of males is underdeveloped. There are no more than 550 remaining in the wild, with none kept in zoos. Oxpecker’s (captured with the Thornicroft in this shot) often feed off the parasites found on their bodies.
Nikon D850; AF-S NIKKOR 800 mm f/5.6E FL ED VR lens at 800mm; 1/1000 sec at f9; ISO 640.