The pattern of spots is transmitted from mother giraffes to their babies
How do baby giraffes get their spots? From their mothers! - science news headlines - animals

The spotted pattern of a giraffe is complex and important, ensuring efficient camouflage and protection from predators. But what determines the shape of the spots?

A new study showed that their shape is, at least in part, inhered. More precisely, most features are transmitted from mothers to calves.

Moreover, the researchers discovered that giraffes with larger spots have increased chances of survival, thus making a link between the pattern and the efficacy of the camouflage.

Read the full story: University of Zurich
Scientific publication: Peer J - Life and Environment